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Hydrangea quercifolia 'Snow Queen' - Oak Leaf Hydrangea
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Hydrangea quercifolia 'Snow Queen'

Oak Leaf Hydrangea

Hydrangea quercifolia 'Snow Queen' has an upright broad, rounded habit and typically grows 4-6' tall. Features elongated, conical clusters of stunning, large white flowers which slowly turn pink with age. Long late-spring to summer bloom period. Distinctive, somewhat coarse, oak-like, deep green leaves turn attractive shades of bronze, maroon or purple in autumn. Mature stems exfoliate to reveal a rich brown inner bark which is attractive in winter. This cultivar is very similar to the species, except the flower panicles of 'Snow Queen' are showier and the flower stems tend to be more rigid and thus more apt to remain erect even after soaking rains.

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. 

Height:

48-72 in

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Spread:

72-96 in

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Hardiness Zone:

5 - 9

Characteristics & Attributes for Hydrangea quercifolia 'Snow Queen'

Exposure
Sun
Partial Shade
Soil Moisture Preference
Average
Season of Interest (Flowering)
Summer
Season of Interest (Foliage)
Summer
Fall
Attributes
Border or Bed
Specimen
Cut Flower
Dried Flower
Focal Point
Mass Planting
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