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Hydrangea quercifolia Little Honey (Oakleaf Hydrangea)

Oakleaf Hydrangea Little Honey, Hydrangea quercifolia 'Brihon', Hydrangea quercifolia 'Little Honey'


Ideal for small gardens, Hydrangea quercifolia Little Honey (Oakleaf 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 warm up to showy crimson-red as the nights grow cooler. Blooming in early to mid summer with some sporadic bloom through late summer into fall, this Oakleaf 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).
  • A full sun or part shade lover, this plant is best grown in fertile, medium moisture, well-drained soils. A tremendous advantage of the Oakleaf Hydrangea is that it can thrive in much dryer locations than its cousins. It can also thrive in much sunnier areas than the mophead and lacecap hydrangeas. But it doesn't like having wet feet!.
  • It is a great candidate for mass plantings, informal hedges, mixed shrub borders, as a backdrop or accent plant. Flowers are very attractive in dried arrangements
  • No serious pest or disease issues. Keep an eye out for leaf blight, powdery mildew, aphids and spider mites.
  • Since this hydrangea flowers on previous year's growth, it should be pruned shortly after flowering is complete. - although little pruning is usually required.
  • Propagate by softwood cuttings.
  • Can cause mild stomach upset if ingested and contact with foliage may aggravate skin allergies.

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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 Hydrangeas
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)
Water Needs Average
Maintenance Low
Soil Type Clay, Loam, Sand
Soil pH Acid, Neutral
Soil Drainage Moist but Well-Drained, Well-Drained
Characteristics Dried Arrangements, Cut Flowers, Showy
Garden Uses Beds and Borders, Ground Covers, Patio and Containers, Small Gardens
Garden Styles City and Courtyard, Informal and Cottage, Traditional Garden

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While every effort has been made to describe these plants accurately, please keep in mind that height, bloom time, and color may differ in various climates. The description of these plants has been written based on numerous outside resources.


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 Hydrangeas
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)
Water Needs Average
Maintenance Low
Soil Type Clay, Loam, Sand
Soil pH Acid, Neutral
Soil Drainage Moist but Well-Drained, Well-Drained
Characteristics Dried Arrangements, Cut Flowers, Showy
Garden Uses Beds and Borders, Ground Covers, Patio and Containers, Small Gardens
Garden Styles City and Courtyard, Informal and Cottage, Traditional Garden

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