A US National Arboretum introduction, Ruby Slippers Oakleaf Hydrangea is designed to have a compact rounded form but with plenty of flower power producing loads of large, uniform elongated clusters of flowers that start out white, change to pink, and ultimately to a deep rosy pink. The beautiful velvety Oak-leaf like foliage is a rich medium green for much of the year but deepens to purples and reds in fall.
The peeling bark makes itself known in winter but soon disappears under springs new cloak. Provide the Oakleaf Hydrangeas with a soil that is moist but well-drained. Once established in the landscape they require little extra attention and can become a cornerstone of almost any landscape. Some of the most beautiful plants we've seen where in Washington, D.C. but the ones at Stephen F. Austin are absolutely amazing. Images courtesy of the US National Arboretum website.
Grows To: 3-5'H x 4-6'W
USDA Cold Hardiness Zones: 5,6,7,8
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Outdoor Light: AM sun, Part shade, Light shade
Soil pH Range: Acidic, Mildly Acidic, Neutral, Mildly Alkaline
Salt Tolerance: Poor
Deer Resistance: Sometimes Bothered
Native To / Cultivar Origin: US National Arboretum introduction released in 2010, developed at McMinnville, TN
Please be advised that humans and/or animals may have allergic reactions if part(s) of this plant are consumed or by coming into contact with sap from bruised or broken plant parts: Flowers, Buds - Highly Toxic if Ingested, Sap - Eye Irritation and/or Dermatitis
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Container Size: Quart / 30 fl.oz. / 887 ml