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Snow Queen Hydrangea

Category:

A phenomenally attractive shrub featuring showy upright flower spikes which fade from white to pink, interesting foliage with reliable fall color and papery bark; rather coarse in appearance, best used in groupings in a garden composition

Characteristics

Species:
quercifolia
Other Species Names:
Oak Leaf Hydrangea
Average Landscape Height:
6 feet
Average Landscape Width:
5 feet
Genus:
Hydrangea
Cultivar:
Snow Queen
Branching:
multi-stemmed
Plant Form:
upright spreading
Canopy:
leggy
Growth Rate:
slow
Pruning:
late winter pruning
Flower Color:
white
Flower Bicolor:
pink
Flower Fragrance:
high
Flower Period:
from early to mid summer
Summer Foliage Color:
dark green
Fall Color:
brick red
Maximum Light:
full sun
Minimum Light:
shade
Maximum Moisture:
moist
Minimum Moisture:
average
Pollution Tolerance:
medium

Ornamental Features

Snow Queen Hydrangea features bold fragrant conical white flowers with pink overtones at the ends of the branches from early to mid summer. The flowers are excellent for cutting. It has dark green deciduous foliage which emerges grayish green in spring. The large fuzzy lobed leaves turn an outstanding brick red in the fall. The peeling brick red bark adds an interesting dimension to the landscape.

Landscape Attributes

Snow Queen Hydrangea is a multi-stemmed deciduous shrub with an upright spreading habit of growth. Its strikingly bold and coarse texture can be very effective in a balanced landscape composition.

Planting & Growing

Snow Queen Hydrangea will grow to be about 6 feet tall at maturity, with a spread of 5 feet. It tends to be a little leggy, with a typical clearance of 1 foot from the ground, and is suitable for planting under power lines. It grows at a slow rate, and under ideal conditions can be expected to live for approximately 30 years.

This shrub performs well in both full sun and full shade. It prefers to grow in average to moist conditions, and shouldn't be allowed to dry out. It is not particular as to soil type or pH. It is somewhat tolerant of urban pollution, and will benefit from being planted in a relatively sheltered location. Consider applying a thick mulch around the root zone in winter to protect it in exposed locations or colder microclimates. This is a selection of a native North American species.

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