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Hydrangea quercifolia ‘Queen of Hearts’
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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 ‘Queen of Hearts’ full sun  partial shade

Recently released by the National Arboretum’s highly touted shrub breeding program, this colorful ‘Snow Queen’ and ‘Pee Wee’ hybrid was selected for its long lasting profusion of huge upright conical white blooms and the antiqued deep pink tones they transmute when they mature. Even without the extravagant 9 in. flowers, ‘Queen of Hearts’s rounded medium statured frame can be successfully utilized in shrubby borders or planted in drifts, where its typical Oak Leaf foliage vaunts dashing textural accents and rich rubescent fall colors.

Blooms July–October

Size: 6-1/2' high x 6' 0"–8' 0" wide; hardy to zone 5.

Hydrangea quercifolia ‘Queen of Hearts’ (S-0805)
Each $14.75
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