Noted for its distinct, boldly lobed leaves and showy blooms, award-winner Hydrangea quercifolia 'Snowflake' (Oakleaf Hydrangea) is a very handsome deciduous shrub. Native to the United States, it provides a spectacular show all year around. Named after the shape of its beautiful leaves, this Oakleaf Hydrangea features large, arching conical flowerheads of double blossoms layered on top of one another.
- On display in late spring to midsummer, this Oakleaf Hydrangea features a profusion of long-lasting grapes of creamy-white flowers up to 12 inches (30 cm) which gradually turn purplish-pink as they mature.
- In the fall, the foliage produces outstanding fall color with its deeply lobed, oak-like leaves turning bronze, crimson or burgundy (if planted in a sunny location with a little afternoon shade). So enchanting to the eyes!
- In winter, the rich brown exfoliating bark becomes a real center of attraction
- Vigorous, this deciduous shrub grows 6-10 ft tall and across (180-300 cm).
- Won the prestigious Award of Garden Merit of the Royal Horticultural Society
- 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.