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Hydrangea quercifolia ‘Snowflake’
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Hydrangea quercifolia Snowflake
Hydrangea quercifolia Snowflake

Hydrangea

The name Hydrangea, means “water vessel,” given for its cup-shaped seed vessels. A genus of diverse forms, Hydrangeas are commonly found throughout Asia, from the Himalayas to Taiwan and Japan, with the exception of two species, Hydrangea arborescens and Hydrangea quercifolia, which are native to North America.

Easily grown, this shrub’s lush deciduous leaves are best suited to loose, moist soil in the shade of tall trees or on the north side of the house. If, like us, you’ve tired of the commoner sort, these delicacies will be a welcome surprise.

Hydrangea quercifolia ‘Snowflake’ full sun  partial shade

It was a fortuitous moment when Hydrangea enthusiast Eddie Aldridge and his father happened upon this sumptuous Hydrangea in the woodlands of Jefferson County, Alabama. Premiering enormous 15 in. long white panicles that can extend upward, outward or pendulously, the coarse textured, leathery anchor of large, oaklike foliage burnishes deep burgundy come fall and holds its handsome leaves well into December. The unique, two-toned double flowered effect is created when numerous tiered sepals first emerge white, while older ones below develop dark dusty pink shades with age.

Considered by Michael Dirr to be the most beautiful of the sterile flowering cultivars, ‘Snowflake’s blooms open a little later, seem to last longer than the single quercifolias, and should be showcased in a favored location.

Blooms late July–September.

Size: 6' 0"–8' 0" high x 6' 0"–8' 0" wide; hardy to zone 5.

Hydrangea quercifolia ‘Snowflake’ (S-0124)
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