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Hydrangea quercifolia 'Snowflake'

Oakleaf Hydrangea

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Hydrangea quercifolia‘Snowflake’ – is simply a gorgeous plant with each sterile floret fully double on long cone-shaped panicles that can stretch as long as 1 foot. It is fetching and if you grow 'Snowflake' it will become beloved by you, too. This is a larger grower eventually, upwards of 6 feet in a dense, rounded mound. I first saw this marvelous shrub at the NYBG many years ago and immediately went on a hunt so that I might covet one for myself! Foliage turns the beguiling red-burgundy in autumn for a long period which is yet another good reason to grow the Oakleaf Hydrangea. For gardeners towards the northern end of its range spring planting is advised.


5 ft


5 ft


Item Description Price  
HYDQUSNF Hydrangea quercifolia 'Snowflake' (5 inch Square x 6 inch Tall - true 2 quarts / 1.8927 liters) $26.00

Characteristics and Attributes for Hydrangea quercifolia 'Snowflake'

Season of Interest (Flowering)

  • Summer / Autumn

Season of Interest (Foliage)

  • Spring / Summer / Autumn

Interesting Bark

  • Exfoliating

Autumn Interest

  • Autumn Leaf Color
  • Showy Buds


  • Full Sun
  • Mostly Sunny


  • Hedgerow
  • Border
  • Specimen
  • Foundation
  • Shrub Border
  • Hedge

Growth Rate in the Garden

  • Medium


  • Draining
  • Fertile


  • Garden Origin

Propagated By

  • Cutting Grown

Genus Overview: Hydrangea quercifolia

Common Name: Oakleaf Hydrangea

This is the Oakleaf Hydrangea which hales from the southeastern part of the U. S. They are all just plain beautiful with bold leaves that bear a similar shape to those of Red Oaks. The flowers are large paniculate cones opening white in summer. The flowers become increasingly infused with pink as the season progresses. Flowers continue to deepen and darken as the beautiful leaves turn a rich wine burgundy. The burgundy foliage remains on the shrub for many weeks in autumn as the flowers finally turn brown. When the foliage finally drops you are left with exfoliating wood which displays two colors, putty-colored inner wood and very dark brown outer wood. Next years' buds looking like stylized Greek urns set atop soft buff-orange fuzzy stems. It is a beautiful shrub endowed with four season interest. Full sun to part shade in the north, plant them in more shade down south. Fertile draining soils will support this plant. All of the following are cutting grown. All hydrangeas may be pruned back so that you will avoid the extra handling charge if necessary but only if this is deemed necessary.