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.



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&