Hydrangea quercifolia 'Snow Queen'

'Snow Queen' Oakleaf Hydrangea

Family: Hydrangeaceae


Bloom Time: June-July


Flowers: 6-8" cone-shaped clusters with combination of showy sterile and inconspicuous fertile flowers


Soil Condition: Moist, Well Drained


Light: Partial Shade


Height: 4-5' tall by 5-6' wide


Growth Rate: Moderate


Native Range: Southeastern United States


Hydrangea quercifolia 'Snow Queen' is the closest cultivar to the straight species and is an outstanding four season shrub. In the Spring, the giant oakleaf-shaped foliage begins to emerge and in the summer the fragrant flowers appear at first white and fading to a lovely pink. Autumn brings a spectacular show of burgundy, purple and bronze foliage and dried flowers that persist into the winter with peeling rust-colored bark. The flowers are great for fresh cut arrangements for dried arrangements. Looks best when left to naturalize by suckering (vegetative formation of a new stem and root system from an adventitious bud of a stem or root).


Maintenance: Low Maintenance. Flowers on old wood so prune, if necessary, immediately after flowering. Winter damaged stems may be pruned out in early spring. To control the width, a sharp shovel may be used to removed suckers.


Benefits: Makes a great hedge or privacy screen. Once established it tolerates some drought. Can handle full sun as long as the soil stays moist.


Companion Plants:

Carex flaccosperma (Blue Sedge), Carex pensylvanica (Oak Sedge), Aquilegia canadensis (Wild Columbine), Asarum canadense (Wild Ginger), Gaultheria procumbens (Wintergreen)


Available in a 3 Gallon pot @ $55.00 each.

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References:

1. https://www.wildflower.org/plants/result.php?id_plant=sonu2

2. http://www.newmoonnursery.com/plant/Sorghastrum-nutans

3. https://www.missouribotanicalgarden.org/PlantFinder/PlantFinderDetails.aspx?taxonid=249037&isprofile=0&