Botanical Name: Hydrangea quercifolia ‘Ruby Slippers’
Common Name: ‘Ruby Slippers’ Oakleaf Hydrangea
Description: I love oakleaf hydrangeas, and this nativar is so beautiful! She’s a fast grower 3-4′ tall x 4-5′ wide. Plant her in your part sun to part shade garden (definitely make sure she doesn’t get too much hot afternoon sun), be sure she gets at least 1″ of water per week, and watch this beauty grow. Her large cone-shaped flowers start blooming in early summer and open up white, then fade to rose-pink as they age. Bees, butterflies, and other pollinators love the flowers for their nectar. Oh, and the flowers make great cut flowers to bring inside. If any pruning is needed, be sure to do asap after flowering because she blooms on old wood. She is a deciduous shrub that does give fall color before dropping her leaves. You need this beauty in your garden!
Oakleaf hydrangeas are native to the Southeast US but not to Texas.
Fun Fact: In 2010, Sandra Reed, hydrangea hybridizer from the US National Arboretum, cross-bred the large nativar ‘Snow Queen’ Oakleaf Hydrangea with the smaller nativar ‘ Pee Wee’ Oakleaf Hydrangea to come up with ‘Ruby Slippers.’
This plant in 3-gallon containers is about 1-1/2′ tall and wide.
Hardiness Zones: 5 – 9