Snowflake Oakleaf Hydrangea

Hydrangea quercifolia 'Brido'

Item 4204

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USDA Zone:
5-9
  • Light Needs
    Partial shade
  • Watering Needs
    Water regularly to maintain constantly moist soil.
Description:

Gorgeous native Hydrangea with stunning white flower clusters. Intricate blossoms resemble magnified snowflakes! Bloom season is much longer than single flower species; florets continue to open throughout summer. Deeply lobed, oak tree-like leaves make a bold statement, especially in fall when the foliage turns brilliant purple and crimson. Blooms on old wood. Deciduous.

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Average Size at Maturity
Quickly reaches 4 to 6 ft. tall and wide.
Flowering Season
Botanical Name: Hydrangea quercifolia 'Brido'
Deciduous/ Evergreen: Deciduous
Growth Rate: Fast
Special Feature: Fall Color, Gift Plant, North American Native Selection, Tolerates Acidic Soil
Foliage Color: Green
Flower Attribute: Flowers for Cutting ,   Showy Flowers
Bloom Time: Summer
Flower Color: White
Design Ideas: Oakleaf Hydrangea, with its unique lobed leaves that produce rich fall color, works well in shrub borders to extend the interest beyond the flowering season. Also lends a fiery hue to otherwise deep-green shade gardens. Plant as an individual to appreciate the unique foliage texture and leaf shape, or in a cluster to intensify its impact on the garden. Not as prim and proper as the traditional Hydrangea, it is a natural in the woodland scene and among rangy natives.

Prefers organically rich, well-drained soils. Mulch to retain soil moisture. Water deeply, regularly during first growing season to establish an extensive root system. Fertilize regularly during growing season. Provide winter protection in zone 5. Blooms on old wood; prune to shape in summer after flowering. Remove weak, damaged stems in early spring.

History

The species Hydrangea quercifolia is the most well known New World hydrangea. It was classified by John Bartram, the King's botanist in the American colonies. He sent the first to Kew and named it for the lobed oak-like shape of the plant's large leaves. This shrub is native to forests from Georgia south to Florida and west to Mississippi.

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