Hydrangea querc Gatsby Pink® - oakleaf hydrangea Description
Gatsby Pink® oakleaf hydrangea (Hydrangea quercifolia) is just as easy care as other oakleaf hydrangeas, but twice as colorful. Its big, fragrant, white blooms age to a bright, vivid pink that persists clear through the first frost. That color become even showier when the big, oak-shaped leaves turn deep red-burgundy in autumn.
This is a fairly large plant that’s perfect for an eye-catching specimen, flowering hedge, or mixed into your pollinator or native plant garden. It’s the best hydrangea for shade and the best option for year-round beauty. It’s easy to see why this oakleaf hydrangea from Proven Winners is an all-time best seller!
Special features: Native, Attracts pollinators, Fall color, Multi-season interest, Shade tolerant, Heat tolerant
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- Botanical name: Hydrangea quercifolia 'JoAnn'
- Common name:
- 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:
White turning vivid pink
- 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 27,879
- 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. 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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