Hydrangea Gatsby Moon® Description
You’ll love the big, full, dreamy blooms of Gatsby Moon® oakleaf hydrangea (Hydrangea quercifolia). Most oakleaf hydrangeas have loose, open lacecap flowers, but Gatsby Moon is a lush, full, mophead type, with hundreds of ivory-green florets packed into every bloom. The flowers are irresistibly touchable and unique. They are, of course, coupled with the glorious red-burgundy fall color that oakleaf hydrangeas are known for, and the showy framework of bare branches and peeling bark.
We simply adore oakleaf hydrangeas, and think that the Gatsby series from Proven Winners ColorChoice Shrubs are the best on the market. If you are looking for an easy care native flowering shrub with super showy flowers and fall color, it’s hard to beat!
Special features: Native, Fall color, Multi-season interest, Shade tolerant, Heat tolerant
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- Botanical name: Hydrangea quercifolia 'Brother Edward'
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- Sun exposure:
Sun in cool areas; part shade in warm climates.
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- Soil type:
Any well-drained soil. Not fussy about pH.
- Soil moisture:
Average. Do not overwater.
- Height x width:
6-8' 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 25,413
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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. 8' 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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