Munchkin Oakleaf Hydrangea
Munchkin Oakleaf Hydrangea
Hydrangea quercifolia 'Munchkin'Item #9317 USDA Hardiness Zone: 5 - 9
An exceptional U.S. National Arboretum introduction. Enjoy a profusion of robust flower clusters that open white and age to pink, remaining upright even after heavy rain. Dark green, deeply lobed oak-like foliage turns brilliant mahogany in fall. Compact and well-suited for smaller landscapes, in groups, or as a hedge. Deciduous.
- OverviewLight Needs:Partial shade to partial sunWatering Needs:Water regularly to maintain evenly moist soil - weekly, or more often.Average Landscape Size:Fast growing; reaches 3 ft. to 4 1/2 ft. tall and wide.
- DetailBotanical Pronunciation:hy-DRAIN-juh kwer-se-FOH-lee-uhDeciduous/evergreen:DeciduousGrowth habit:Compact, RoundedGrowth rate:FastAverage landscape size:Fast growing; reaches 3 ft. to 4 1/2 ft. tall and wide.Special features:Compact Form, Easy Care, Fall Color, Fast Growing, Gift Plant, North American Native SelectionFoliage color:Dark GreenBlooms:SummerFlower color:PinkGarden styleCottageDesign 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); Lungwort (Pulmonaria); Hosta (Hosta); Summersweet(Clethra); Holly (Ilex); Rhododendron (Rhododendron)
- CareCare InformationPrefers organically rich, well-drained soils, with shelter from harsh afternoon sun. Water deeply, regularly during first growing season to establish an extensive root system. Fertilize regularly during growing season. Blooms on old wood; prune to shape in summer after flowering. Remove weak, damaged stems in early spring.Pruning time: late winter to early spring; pruning seldom needed except to shape or to remove dead stems..Light Needs:Partial shade to partial sunWatering Needs:Water regularly to maintain evenly moist soil - weekly, or more often.
- History & LoreHistory: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.