Hydrangea quercifolia Little Honey (Oak Leaf Hydrangea)
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Hydrangea quercifolia Little Honey (Oak Leaf Hydrangea)

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


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 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 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 previous year's growth, it should be pruned shortly after flowering is complete.
  • Keep an eye out for aphids, capsid bug, glasshouse red spider mite 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 possible if ingested.
  • Toxic to dogs, toxic to cats, toxic to horses.

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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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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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