Hydrangea quercifolia Ruby Slippers

Oakleaf Hydrangea

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Plant Code: HYRS

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Try dainty Ruby Slippers! Sure to be a perfect fit, our Ruby Slippers will rival the legendary pair! A US National Arboretum cross of Snow Queen and Pee Wee. Rounded habit is covered with 9 long inflorescences held upright above the foliage. Flowers emerge white and progress to pale pink, maturing to deep rose. Dark green foliage sports mahogany red shades in autumn.

Heat and drought tolerant after established. One of the easiest of all Hydrangea to grow. Songbirds appreciate the protection provided by the dense habit. Oakleaf Hydrangea is a shining star in the Native shrub category. Fabulous leaf shape and habit combine with gorgeous cone-shaped flowers.


Type: Shrubs
Height: Medium 3-3 1/2'
Spacing: Plant 4-5' apart
Bloom Time: Mid-Summer to Early Fall
Sun-Shade: Full Sun to Half Sun / Half Shade
Zones: 5-9   Find Your Zone
Soil Condition: Normal, Acidic
Flower: White
Accent: Pink
Pot Size: 3.5" square x 4" deep

Features to Note

  • Good for Cut Flowers
  • Good for Hedge
  • Long-Blooming
  • Seaside/Salt Tolerant

Hydrangea General Information

Hydrangea are superb in the border for summer and autumn color. This shade-tolerant shrub is perfect for under trees and in the shadows of buildings. Provides winter interest too if flowers are left on. Great for indoor decorating as their flowers are easily dried.

Hydrangea Plant Care

Can be left untouched, but any desired pruning should be done before August to avoid damaging next year's flower buds. Blooms on old wood. Older specimens can be refreshed by removing 3-5 of the oldest stems every 3 years or so.