Dwarf rounded Munchkin hydrangea in the landscape has taken on slightly red coloration Very dwarf specimens of Munchkin oakleaf hydrangeae in the landscape Closeup of the pink lacecap bloom of Munchkin oakleaf hydrangea
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US National Arboretum
Washington, DC, USA

‘Munchkin’

Hydrangea - Oakleaf

Hydrangea quercifolia

'Munchkin'

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Dwarf rounded Munchkin hydrangea in the landscape has taken on slightly red coloration Very dwarf specimens of Munchkin oakleaf hydrangeae in the landscape Closeup of the pink lacecap bloom of Munchkin oakleaf hydrangea
  • Native
  • Compact habit
  • Shade tolerant
Description

Developed by the U.S. National Arboretum, 'Munchkin' has a compact form and dense habit that makes it ideal for use in residential landscapes. Abundant white inflorescences appear in early summer and gradually turn medium pink, The dark green foliage turns mahoghany-red in fall.

USDA Zone 5 - 9 (-20°F/-28.9°C)

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Exposure Full sun, Part sun

Height 3'

Width 3'

Finish Time 1.5 seasons

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.