• Overview
    Light Needs:
    Partial shade
    Watering Needs:
    Water regularly to maintain constantly moist soil.
    Average Landscape Size:
    Quickly reaches 4 to 6 ft. tall and wide.
    Key Feature:
    Stunning White Blooms
    Blooms:
    Summer
  • Detail
    Botanical Pronunciation:hye-DRAYN-jee-uh kwerk-i-FOL-i-a
    Plant type:Hydrangea, Shrub
    Deciduous/evergreen:Deciduous
    Growth rate:Fast
    Average landscape size:Quickly reaches 4 to 6 ft. tall and wide.
    Foliage color:Green
    Blooms:Summer
    Flower color:White
    Patent Act:Asexual reproduction of plants protected by the Plant Patent Act is prohibited during the life of the patent.
    Design IdeasOakleaf Hydrangea, with its unique lobed leaves that produce rich fall color, works well in shrub borders to extend the interest beyond the flowering season. Also lends a fiery hue to otherwise deep-green shade gardens. Plant as an individual to appreciate the unique foliage texture and leaf shape, or in a cluster to intensify its impact on the garden. Not as prim and proper as the traditional Hydrangea, it is a natural in the woodland scene and among rangy natives.
  • Care
    Care Information
    Prefers rich, well-drained soil. Best in part shade. Water deeply, regularly during the first growing season to establish an extensive root system. Mulch in summer to retain soil moisture. Fertilize regularly during the growing season. Provide winter protection in zone 5. Prune out weak or winter-damaged stems in early spring.Pruning time: summer after flowering.
    Light Needs:
    <strong>Partial Sun / Partial Shade</strong>: These two terms are often used interchangeably to mean 3-6 (or 4-6) hours of sunlight each day. However, there is a difference.
<strong>Partial shade</strong> typically means the plants will appreciate a more gentle exposure such as the weaker morning or early afternoon sun, with the emphasis on providing the minimum needed shade and sheltering from intense late afternoon sun. <strong>Partial sun</strong> typically means the plants <u>need</u> some direct sun, so the emphasis is on meeting the required minimum hours of sunlight, with filtered sunlight or shade the balance of the day.
Both are best with shelter from the harshest late afternoon sun. This shade could be provided by a structure, a wall, larger plants or  tree(s).
    Partial shade
    Watering Needs:
    Water needs: High
    Water regularly to maintain constantly moist soil.
  • History & Lore
    History:
    The species Hydrangea quercifolia is the most well known New World hydrangea. It was classified by John Bartram, the King's botanist in the American colonies. He sent the first to Kew and named it for the lobed oak-like shape of the plant's large leaves. This shrub is native to forests from Georgia south to Florida and west to Mississippi. The cultivar 'Snowflake' was discovered in 1969, then patented and introduced into cultivation in the early 1970s by Eddie Aldridge and his father, at what is now known as Aldridge Gardens in Alabama.