Hydrangea - Oakleaf

Hydrangea quercifolia


USPP 25,412; CBR 5305

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An inflorescence of Gatsby Star oakleaf hydrangea with its stacked double florets clearly visible Detail of white and green tower like double florets of Gatsby Star oakleaf hydrangea A specimen of Gatsby Star oakleaf hydrangea in the landscape just about to bloom Fall color on Gatsby Star oakleaf hydrangea is red and burgundy in color
  • Native to North America
  • Unique flowers
  • Shade tolerant

Doubled florets. Gatsby Star® hydrangea has true star power! Doubled blooms are similar to those of 'Snowflake', but the individual petals are pointed instead of rounded. The result is a beautiful, lacy panicle - and a very showy plant. It's a fun way to add some unexpected drama to woodland gardens.

USDA Zone 5 - 9 (-20°F/-28.9°C)

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Exposure Full sun, Part sun

Height 6 - 8'

Width 6 - 8'

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.