It took years for breeders at the USDA to create this new Hydrangea, but it was worth all that effort! Its overall size is small enough for even limited-space gardens, but the blooms are extremely large, and their color is remarkable: opening white, they quickly turn pink, then a rich rosy red that you get to enjoy the entire summer. Fall leaf color is vivid purple and red. Grows strongly in most any soil as long as it is well drained, taking heat, drought, sun or shade in its stride. After 7 years, the original plant is only 3 1/2-4' tall and 5' wide. Hydrangea quercifolia 'Ruby Slippers'.
Zones 5-8. 4" pot.
Botanical Name: Hydrangea quercifolia 'Ruby Slippers' NA 74836
Common Name: Oakleaf Hydrangea
Form: Deciduous woody shrub
Root System: Fibrous
Sun Exposure: Partial Shade/Full Sun
Height/Habit: 3 1/2 - 4'
Hardiness Zone: 5 - 8
Flowering Date: Early to midsummer.
Duration: 4 - 8 weeks
Type of Fruit: n/a
Cut Flowers: Yes
Dried Flowers: Yes
Shipping Season: both Spring & Fall
Unique Characterstics: This Hydrangea is selected for its unique flower color. The 9'' long inflorescences start white and slowly change color to pink to eventually turn red. It grows compact and bushy while the flowers stay upright above the oakleaf foliage. The large decorative leaves withstand sun, strong wind and heavy rain unblemished. The stems are very strong and hold these panicles upright creating a spectacular sight. The foliage turns a fiery scarlet and burgundy in the fall while the cinnamon exfoliating bark give winter interest. Spectacular anywhere it's used. Spring Hill is amongst the first to introduce this variety. A very high bud count. Does well in dry soils.
Flower Color: Changes from White to Pink to Red
Flower Form: 9'' long inflorescences held upright above foliage.
Foliage Type: Large, dark green, leathery-textured leaves with broad lobes. 3" - 8" long, 3" - 5" wide. The undersurface is whitish to brownish tomentose
Resistance: Good to all P & D problems
Pruning Time: n/a
Soil Requirement: Well-drained, moisture-retentive soils, enriched with organic matter. Also does well in dry soils.
Additional Information: A cross breed from 'Pee Wee' and 'Snow Queen' Hydrangeas.
Restricted States: AE AK GU HI PR
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"I RECEIVED THIS PLANT ABOUT 2 MONTHS AGO. WHEN I OPENED THE BOX I WAS SURPRISED AT THE SIZE OF THE PLANT, ABOUT 12 INCHES TALL. IT WAS VERY HEALTHY AND HAD QUITE A FEW LEAVES AND ALSO A SMALL FLOWER STARTING AT THE TOP OF THE PLANT. SO NOW 32 MONTHS LATER IS IT IN FULL BLOOM AND THE PLANTS IS JUST GETTING BIGGER EVERYDAY."