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Hydrangea quercifolia 'Snowflake'

Oak leaf Hydrangea

Location:

The Autumn Border.

Description:

A medium-sized hardy North American shrub with large deeply lobed leaves like an oak tree, (from which it derives its common name) dark green until the autumn when they turn various shades of bronze, orange and reddish-purple. The flower-heads are large with numerous sterile white florets that are long-stalked and star-shaped.

Site and Care:

They are not as fussy about soil pH as some hydrangeas, but it must be fertile, well-fed, and slow to dry out. Plants need shelter while young and grow well in dappled sunlight, as well as shade. A spring mulch is beneficial. Dead head in spring and lightly prune for shape. Heavy pruning will result in the loss of flowers for a season.