Yellow foliaged Little Honey oakleaf hydrangea The red fall color of Little Honey oakleaf hydrangea with a late white lacecap flower

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‘Little Honey’

Hydrangea - Oakleaf

Hydrangea quercifolia

'Little Honey'

USPP 15477

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Yellow foliaged Little Honey oakleaf hydrangea The red fall color of Little Honey oakleaf hydrangea with a late white lacecap flower
  • Native
  • Golden foliage
  • Shade tolerant
Description

Bright golden-yellow foliage is the hallmark of 'Little Honey' hydrangea, a branch sport of the dwarf selection 'Pee Wee'. The foliage emerges gold and changes to a pleasing chartreuse as the season progresses, especially effective in shaded areas. Brilliant red autumn foliage.

USDA Zone
5 - 9 (-20°F/-28.9°C)
Exposure
Full sun, Part sun
Height
3 - 4'
Width
3 - 4'
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.