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Michael A. Dirr, Ph.D
University of Georgia

‘Alice’

Hydrangea - Oakleaf

Hydrangea quercifolia

'Alice'

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A large lacecap white bloom of Alice oakleaf hydrangea
  • Native
  • Good fall color
  • Shade tolerant
Description

Alice' is a strong growing selection from Dr. Mike Dirr with large 12" white panicles. Dark green foliage and burgundy fall color. Native to North America.

USDA Zone
5 - 9 (-20°F/-28.9°C)
Exposure
Full sun, Part sun
Height
6 - 10'
Width
6 - 10'
Finish Time
1 season
Type
Deciduous
Bloom Time
Summer
Flower Color
White
Foliage Color
Green
Liner Sizes
4"

Soil

Best in moist, well-drained soil, but quite adaptable to any site except excessively wet ones.

Pruning

Oakleaf hydrangea blooms on old wood, so it is generally best to avoid any kind of regular pruning or trimming. May be pruned selectively as needed to develop a more striking habit.

Uses

Mixed borders; woodland gardens; informal hedges and screens; foundation plantings.

Growing Tips

Oakleaf hydrangeas are perhaps the most shade-tolerant hydrangea, though blooming and fall color are best with at least some sun each day. They bloom on old wood and exhibit better bud hardiness than other old wood bloomers. These plants perform far better in the landscape than in the container/nursery environment, so don't be put off by a plant that looks less than enticing in its pot. It will redeem itself rapidly once planted in the ground.