Hydrangea querc Gatsby Gal® - oakleaf hydrangea Description
Gatsby Gal® oakleaf hydrangea (Hydrangea quercifolia) fits anywhere! Compared to other oakleaf types, which get quite large, it reaches just 6’ tall and wide, making this beautiful North American native easy to fit in your home’s landscape. This handsome plant is covered big, football-shaped white flowers in early summer, and their lacecap arrangement and honey scent attracts pollinators by the score. Come autumn, the foliage turns a sophisticated deep red-burgundy that looks simply amazing in the landscape. And after the show’s over in winter, the leaves drop to reveal a strong framework of cinnamon-colored peeling bark.
Versatile, shade tolerant, and heat tolerant, oakleaf hydrangeas are an outstanding choice for so many garden applications. The Gatsby series from Proven Winners is one of our all-time favorites for reliable beauty all year-round.
Special features: Native, Attracts pollinators, Fall color, Multi-season interest, Shade tolerant, Heat tolerant
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- Botanical name: Hydrangea quercifolia 'Brenhill'
- Common name:
- Sun exposure:
Sun in cool areas; part shade in warm climates.
- Ship form:
- Soil type:
Any well-drained soil. Not fussy about pH.
- Soil moisture:
Average. Do not overwater.
- Height x width:
5-6' tall and wide
- Flower color:
- Foliage color:
Green, turning deep red-burgundy in autumn
- Season of interest:
Flower gardens, Landscaping, Specimen, Flowering hedge, Pollinator gardens, Native plant gardens
- Patent:USPP 25,106
- Cannot ship to:
AK, CAN, HI, PR
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Soil: Like other hydrangeas, oakleafs do best in well-drained soil with average moisture. They can take some dryness once established, but they do not tolerate wet conditions. Adaptable in terms of soil pH.
Light: plants can take full sun (6+ hrs/day) in cooler areas, but afternoon shade is recommended in warm climates. Overall, oakleaf hydrangeas have the best performance in shade compared to other types of hydrangeas, but flowering and fall color are best in at least some sun.
Water: Average. Oakleaf hydrangeas do not tolerate overwatering or poor drainage.
Space: min. 6' apart
Fertilizing: If desired, fertilize in early spring, once the ground has thawed, with a granular rose fertilizer.
Winterizing: Oakleaf hydrangeas are very hardy and easily withstand harsh winters, so need no special care. A good 2-3" layer of mulch helps protect the shallow roots. Do not cut back or prune oakleaf hydrangeas (see below for more info).
Maintenance: Oakleaf hydrangeas bloom on old wood – that means they have their flowers buds for the following season all through winter, so they cannot be cut back without removing flower buds. It is best to avoid pruning or trimming them altogether, though you may selectively remove branches to develop a nice shape and silhouette if desired.
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