GATSBY GAL®

Hydrangea - Oakleaf

Hydrangea quercifolia

'Brenhill'

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
Description

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)
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.