Scientific Name: Hydrangea quercifolia 'Ruby Slippers'
Common Name: Oakleaf Hydrangea
Garden Size: 3-4 ft. x 3-5 ft.
Growth Rate: Fast
USDA Zone: 5 to 9
Plant Origin: Southeastern United States
Exposure: Full Sun to Part Shade
Water & Soil: Average, Medium
Moisture; Well-drained Soil
Habit (Form): Upright, Multi-stemmed, Compact, Dwarf
Foliage: Deciduous, Oak-like, Large Dark Green Leaves
Fall Color: Mahogany Red
Bloom Time: Blooms on Old Wood, June to July
Bloom Color: White to Ruby Red, Pyramidal Flower Heads
Uses: Mass or Group in Shrub Border, Accent for Foundation Plantings, Flowering Informal Hedge
Care: Prune these hydrangeas only in the summer before August, before they set their bloom buds for the next year. Oakleaf Hydrangeas produce flower buds on stems around August, September or October for the following summer's blooms. If those stems are removed (pruned) in the fall, winter, or spring, the bloom buds will be removed, and there may be little or no bloom the following summer.