This true dwarf oakleaf hydrangea produces incredible 9" long clusters of flowers in early summer in full sun or partial shade. These oakleaf hydrangea bushes thrive in heat, drought, or poor soil, as long as it's well-drained. Ruby slipper hydrangea blossoms start out white and gradually turn pink then rose red as summer progresses. The color show continues into fall when the foliage turns burgundy. This bushy shrub grows only 3½-4' tall and 4-5' wide, and its large decorative leaves can withstand summer sun, strong wind, and heavy rain. Hydrangea quercifolia 'Ruby Slippers'
Ruby slippers oakleaf hydrangea is considered a dwarf plant. This ruby slippers dwarf oakleaf hydrangea plant will only grow about 3-4' tall and 4-5' wide. In comparison, regular varieties of oakleaf hydrangea can grow up until 6' to 8' when mature.
When it comes to light and exposure requirements for this plant, the Ruby Slippers oakleaf hydrangea grows well in full sun or partial shade. Having the right sun and shade conditions are necessary for this dwarf oakleaf hydrangea to grow and thrive.
Whether the Ruby Slippers dwarf oakleaf hydrangea needs partial or full sun depends on the growing zone or the climate of the area in which it is planted. If you are planning to plant this dwarf oakleaf hydrangea in a very warm climate, it is preferred to choose a planting location with partial shade to protect the plant from the hot afternoon sun. However, this might result in colors that are not as intense. If you live in a cooler climate area, you can plant your Ruby Slippers hydrangea in full sun.
Ruby Slippers oakleaf hydrangea requires well-fertilized, well-drained soil with medium moisture. This dwarf hydrangea will benefit from mulching in the summer in order to retain the soil's moisture. Prune your oakleaf hydrangea, only if necessary for shaping, after it has flowered and before it sets buds in the fall. Learn more about how to plant and care for your ruby slippers oakleaf hydrangea in our hydrangea planting guide.
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