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Hydrangea quercifolia 'Snow Giant'
Common Name: Oakleaf Hydrangea Family: Hydrangaceae (The Hydrangea Family)

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Oakleaf hydrangea is a slow growing shrub of great beauty and one of the few hydrangeas not native to Asia in this case hailing from the southeastern US. Conical white panicles produced in late spring grace the plants all summer and tinge pink as they age into fall. The deep green oak leaf-shaped foliage turns purple-red in fall. The more sun this shrub gets the better its fall colour. It is also drought tolerant.


Geogrpahical Origin:
North America
Native Habitat:
Mixed hardwood forests, along streams and on forested hillsides, usually on calcareous soils, and often where limestone is at the ground surface. An understorey shrub, often in the shade of large oaks, hickories, magnolias, and American beech.

ClassDeciduous  Primary Bloom ColourWhite/Cream 
TypeShrub  Secondary Bloom ColourPink 
Height4-6'  Bloom TimeSummer - Fall 
Spread3-5'  FragranceNo 
Light ExposureFull - Part Sun Part Shade Part Sun Sun  Foliage ColourGreen Good Fall Colour 
Soil MoistureAverage Dry  Stem Colour 
Hardiness Zone5-9  BerriesNo 
BC NativeNo    

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Recommended Companion Plants:
Astilboides tabularis
Astilbe thunbergii "'Ostrich Plume/Straussenfeder"
Brunnera macrophylla "'Hadspen Cream'"

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