• Overview
    Light Needs:
    Partial shade to partial sun
    Watering Needs:
    Water regularly, when top 3 in. of soil is dry.
    Average Landscape Size:
    Grows quickly to 3 ft. tall and 3 to 4 ft. wide in 10 years.
    Key Feature:
    Compact Habit
    White flowers in summer, aging to pink.
  • Detail
    Botanical Pronunciation:hy-DRAIN-juh kwer-se-FOH-lee-uh
    Plant type:Shrub
    Growth habit:Round
    Growth rate:Fast
    Average landscape size:Grows quickly to 3 ft. tall and 3 to 4 ft. wide in 10 years.
    Foliage color:Dark Green
    Blooms:White flowers in summer, aging to pink.
    Flower color:Pink
    Flower attributesShowy Flowers
    Garden styleCottage, Rustic
    Design IdeasFeature in mixed borders, where its profusion of large, 6 1/2 inch flower clusters will delight the passerby. This Hydrangea's brilliant mahogany highlights in fall are ideal for extending the interest in shrub borders 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 groups to intensify its impact in the garden. More compact than the traditional Hydrangea, it is a natural in the woodland scene and among rangy natives.
    Companion PlantsAzalea (Azalea); Clethra (Clethra); Holly (Ilex); Hosta (Hosta); Lungwort (Pulmonaria); Rhododendron (Rhododendron)
  • Care
    Care Information
    Provide well-drained, enriched soil. Shelter from harsh afternoon sun. Follow a regular watering schedule to establish a deep, extensive root system. Mulch to keep roots cool and preserve moisture. Feed with an acid fertilizer before spring growth.Pruning time: late winter to early spring; pruning seldom needed except to shape or to remove dead stems..
    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 to partial sun
    Watering Needs:
    Water needs: High
    Water regularly, when top 3 in. of soil is dry.
  • History & Lore
    This selection is one of the first two hydrangea cultivars developed from the U.S. National Arboretum's shrub breeding program in McMinnville, Tennessee. 'Munchkin' (NA 73936; PI 658494) was developed from seedlings obtained from a 1997 open-pollination of oakleaf hydrangea cultivar 'Sikes Dwarf'. It was released in 2010.