Hydrangea - Oakleaf

Hydrangea quercifolia


USPP 25106; CBR 5304

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A specimen of Gatsby Gal hydrangea blooming in a landscape showing its rounded semi dwarf habit A few specimens of Gatsby Gal oakleaf hydrangea bloomins in a bed next to a walkway Closeup of a white lacecap bloom on Gatsby Gal oakleaf hydrangea
  • Native
  • Compact habit
  • Very floriferous

Compact oakleaf hydrangea. A little smaller than other H. quercifolia, but with impressively large flowers, and lots of them - that's Gatsby Gal® oakleaf hydrangea. Full panicles of pure white blooms are held upright above the foliage. The flowers are quite large relative to the plant's compact size and make this plant ideally suited to small spaces.

USDA Zone 5 - 9 (-20°F/-28.9°C)

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Exposure Full sun, Part sun

Height 5 - 6'

Width 5 - 6'

Finish Time 1 season

Type Deciduous

Bloom Time Summer

Flower Color White

Foliage Color Green

Liner Sizes 4", Quick Turn

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.