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Hydrangea quercifolia 'Ruby Slippers' - Oak Leaf Hydrangea
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Hydrangea quercifolia 'Ruby Slippers'

Oak Leaf Hydrangea

Hydrangea quercifolia 'Ruby Slippers’ is a compact oak leaf hydrangea that matures to only 3-4' tall and to 3-5' wide, and is noted for its compact size, large upright flower panicles, ruby red mature flowers (hence the cultivar name), mahogany red fall foliage color and exfoliating bark. Upright, elongated, conical flower panicles (to 9" long) of showy flowers begin bloom in late spring. Flowers emerge white, but quickly turn pink before finally maturing to ruby red. Distinctive, somewhat coarse, deep green, oak-like leaves turn attractive shades of mahagony-red in autumn. Mature stems exfoliate to reveal a rich brown inner bark which is attractive in winter. 

Oak Leaf Hydrangea Growing and Maintenance Tips:

Easily grown in organically rich, medium moisture, well-drained soils in full sun to part shade. Thrives in moist soils, and appreciates a summer mulch which helps retain soil moisture. Bloom occurs on old wood. Prune if needed immediately after flowering (little pruning is usually needed). Winter damaged stems may be pruned in early spring. Plants should be given a sheltered location and winter protection in USDA Zone 5, particularly when not fully established. 


36-48 in



36-48 in


Hardiness Zone:

5 - 9

Characteristics & Attributes for Hydrangea quercifolia 'Ruby Slippers'

Partial Shade
Soil Moisture Preference
Season of Interest (Flowering)
Season of Interest (Foliage)
Cut Flower
Dried Flower
Focal Point
Great Foliage
Border or Bed
Mass Planting
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