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Hydrangea quercifolia ‘Snow Queen’
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Hydrangea quercifolia Snow Queen

<i>Hydrangea quercifolia</i> ‘Snow Queen’

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 ‘Snow Queen’ full sun  partial shade

Though its name might make you think otherwise, this shrub is a showcase of earth tones. Its 8 in. long panicles of white flowers, which later take on a pinkish hue, stand out like snow against the beautiful cinnamon-brown, exfoliating bark and the large dark green Oak-like leaves that turn reddish purple in autumn.

Hardy and undemanding, ‘Snow Queen’ offers a fantastic fall display full of similar colors and contrasting forms when matched with Panicum ‘Warrior’.

Blooms July–August.

Size: 4' 0"–6' 0" high x 6' 0" wide; hardy to zone 5.

Hydrangea quercifolia ‘Snow Queen’ (S-0201)
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