Hydrangea Gatsby Star® Description
Can you see where Gatsby Star® oakleaf hydrangea (Hydrangea quercifolia) gets its name? Each enormous bloom is a constellation of intricate star-shaped florets! The look is positively stunning, whether in summer when the blooms are fresh or in winter when they dry to sculptural skeletons on the plant. They are set off by deep red-burgundy fall color that makes this plant a powerhouse all year-round.
The Gatsby series of oakleaf hydangeas was introduced by Proven Winners and selected for its range of unique sizes and flower types. We love all four selections and recommend them for a variety of landscape applications: native plant gardens, pollinator gardens, flower gardens, and landscaping. One of the best hydrangeas to flower in shade!
Special features: Native, Attracts pollinators, Fall color, Multi-season interest, Shade tolerant, Heat tolerant
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- Botanical name: Hydrangea quercifolia 'Doughill'
- 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:
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 25,412
- 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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