Noted for its distinct, boldly lobed leaves and superb double-flowered blooms, award-winner Hydrangea quercifolia 'Snowflake' is a deciduous shrub which provides interest almost all year round. Named after the shape of its beautiful leaves, this Oakleaf Hydrangea features large, arching, conical flower heads, up to 12 in. (30 cm), packed with double blossoms layered on top of one another. On display in late spring to midsummer, the long-lasting grapes of creamy-white flowers gradually turn rosy-pink as they mature. In the fall, the foliage of deeply lobed, oak-like leaves, turns bronze, crimson or burgundy (if planted in a sunny location with a little afternoon shade). In the winter, the rich brown exfoliating bark becomes a real center of attraction. A fabulous Hydrangea to be used as a garden focal point or combined with other shrubs or perennials.
- Winner of the prestigious Award of Garden Merit of the Royal Horticultural Society
- Vigorous, this deciduous shrub creates a dense rounded dome and grows 6-10 ft tall and across (180-300 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, 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.
- Can cause mild stomach upset if ingested and contact with foliage may aggravate skin allergies.