Hydrangea quercifolia ‘Snowflake’

I can’t believe I’ve never written a blog post on  one of my favorite summer blooming shrubs….Hydrangea quercifolia ‘Snowflake’.  For 20 years now this  beautiful double flowered form of Oak leaf Hydrangea has graced our garden in dappled shade, never missing a beat.  By mid June the flowers have formed, and develop their lovely celadon, white and mauve coloring over the next 6 weeks. The flower heads age magnificently and are wonderful in both fresh and dried arrangements. Do note: Oak leaf Hydrangea bear flowers from old wood, so take care not to cut too many branches or you may sacrifice next year’s show.

In fall, the bold oak shaped leaves take on bronzy maroon tones. Oakleaf Hydrangeas are dear resistant, but hardly any plant is deer proof these days. ‘Snowflake’ grows 6-8′ tall (can get taller, I’m told, but after 20 years, that’s the size of our plants) and wide and is happiest if it gets partial shade.  Shrubs are hardy in zones 5-8.

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5 thoughts on “Hydrangea quercifolia ‘Snowflake’”

  1. I could not agree more. A wonderful shrub for New England, much better than the standard mop-head. Even rather nice in the winter, with its peeling bark. However, it’s a big, rangy plant, and in my urban garden, I finally had to deaccession it in favor of the dwarf forms (which are also pretty big). I think I got “Little Honey” from Avant Gardens, now shining forth in the shade of a big viburnum.

  2. Gee, our Hydrangea quercifolia ‘Snowflake’ is anything but rangy. It’s in dappled shade with a few hours of later afternoon sun. Is yours in deep shade?

  3. When is the best time to transplant one of these? I fear I’ve planted mine in a space that it will outgrow. It’s currently in bloom and looks healthy, should I wait until fall or spring to move it? Thanks!

  4. Kathy, I think it was you that recommended, a few weeks back, to cut blooms from Snowflake to dry. I did, and can’t wait to use them this fall and winter in arrangements. Thank you!

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