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Hydrangea quercifolia Little Honey (Oak Leaf Hydrangea)

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Ideal for small gardens, Hydrangea quercifolia Little Honey (Oak Leaf Hydrangea) is a compact spreading deciduous shrub noted for its showy foliage and cone-shaped flowers. Emerging bright golden-yellow in spring, the deeply-lobed, oak-shaped leaves, 4-7 in. long (10-17 cm), gradually fade to chartreuse as the season progresses, then turn showy crimson-red as the nights grow cooler. Blooming in early to mid-summer with some sporadic bloom through late summer into fall, this Oak Leaf Hydrangea boasts dense conical flower heads, up to 5 in. (12 cm), packed with large, white ray florets. The blossoms take on delightful pink tinges as fall approaches. Providing a long season of interest, Little Honey is a lovely Hydrangea to be used as a garden focal point or combined with other shrubs or perennials.

  • Grows up to 3-4 ft tall (90-120 cm) and 4-5 ft. wide (120-150 cm).
  • Performs best in full sun or part shade in fertile, medium moisture, well-drained soils.
  • Great candidate for mass plantings, hedges, mixed shrub borders, as a backdrop, or accent plant. Flowers are very attractive in dried arrangements.
  • Since this hydrangea flowers on the previous year’s growth, it should be pruned shortly after flowering is complete.
  • Keep an eye out for aphids, capsid bugs, glasshouse red spider mites, and hydrangea scale.
  • Propagate by softwood cuttings.
  • Hydrangea quercifolia species is native to the southeastern United States.
  • Foliage can aggravate skin allergies. Mild stomach upset is possible if ingested.
  • Toxic to dogs, toxic to cats, toxic to horses.

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Hydrangea care: Cultivating these beautiful flowers requires attention and finesse to thrive. Here are some tips on how to plant and grow hydrangea successfully.

Requirements

Hardiness 5 - 9
Heat Zones 5 - 9
Climate Zones 2, 2B, 3, 3A, 3B, 4, 5, 6, 7, 8, 9, 10, 11, 12, 13, 14, 15, 16, 17, 18, 19, 20, 21, 22, 23
Plant Type Shrubs
Plant Family Hydrangeaceae
Genus Hydrangea
Common names Oakleaf Hydrangea, Hydrangea
Exposure Full Sun, Partial Sun
Season of Interest Spring (Late)
Summer (Early, Mid, Late)
Fall
Height 3' - 4'
(90cm - 120cm)
Spread 4' - 5'
(120cm - 150cm)
Spacing 48" - 60"
(120cm - 150cm)
Maintenance Low
Water Needs Average
Soil Type Clay, Loam, Sand
Soil pH Acid, Neutral
Soil Drainage Moist but Well-Drained, Well-Drained
Characteristics Dried Arrangements, Cut Flowers, Showy
Attracts Bees, Butterflies
Garden Uses Beds And Borders, Ground Covers, Patio And Containers, Small Gardens
Garden Styles Informal and Cottage, Traditional Garden, City and Courtyard
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Requirements

Hardiness 5 - 9
Heat Zones 5 - 9
Climate Zones 2, 2B, 3, 3A, 3B, 4, 5, 6, 7, 8, 9, 10, 11, 12, 13, 14, 15, 16, 17, 18, 19, 20, 21, 22, 23
Plant Type Shrubs
Plant Family Hydrangeaceae
Genus Hydrangea
Common names Oakleaf Hydrangea, Hydrangea
Exposure Full Sun, Partial Sun
Season of Interest Spring (Late)
Summer (Early, Mid, Late)
Fall
Height 3' - 4'
(90cm - 120cm)
Spread 4' - 5'
(120cm - 150cm)
Spacing 48" - 60"
(120cm - 150cm)
Maintenance Low
Water Needs Average
Soil Type Clay, Loam, Sand
Soil pH Acid, Neutral
Soil Drainage Moist but Well-Drained, Well-Drained
Characteristics Dried Arrangements, Cut Flowers, Showy
Attracts Bees, Butterflies
Garden Uses Beds And Borders, Ground Covers, Patio And Containers, Small Gardens
Garden Styles Informal and Cottage, Traditional Garden, City and Courtyard
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