> Alice Oakleaf Hydrangea - various sizes
Hydrangea quercifolia ’Alice’ is the most robust oakleaf we grow. A selection by Dr. Michael Dirr from a plant on the University of Georgia campus it has proven to be trouble free. Give it room as the original plant is 12 feet high and as wide. BIG! And ROBUST! It produces very large, slightly fragrant, creamy-white blooms in early summer that age to a fine rose color as the summer proceeds. Prefers a bit of shade around here but will do as well in full sun if need be. Easy to grow, native and splendid - just don’t crowd it. Deciduous. Zones 6 - 9.
> Amethyst Oakleaf Hydrangea - trade gallon
The search for a pink oakleaf can be as troublesome as the search for a blue rose, but recently with Hydangea q. ’Amethyst’ the cause has been advanced. This oakleaf selection starts white but colors very quickly to a nice pink on a fairly short plant to about 6 feet high & 6 feet wide. Deciduous, best flower color in lots of sun but it sure appreciates some shade in the hot afternoon. Zones 6-9.
> Harmony Oakleaf Hydrangea - trade gallon
’Harmony’ is an unusual oakleaf hydrangea. Rather than being conical the shape and mass of the flower head is routund and mounded, rather like the bloom on the Chinese Snowball viburnum.
Attempts to give it a common name that reflects the appearance of the full congested bloom range from "Sheep’s Head Hydrangea" to Gene’s suggestion that it is a bit like the heap of mashed potatoes in the bowl your family serves at Thanksgiving before Uncle Ellis digs in and ruins the presentation (often before or even during grace). It is much more handsome than those names suggest as it is stunning as a mature shrub: large of stature, foliage that turns dark maroon in fall, and breathtaking white blooms in late spring. We got our stock plants from the Aldridge family in Alabama who introduced both ’Harmony’ and ’Snowflake’ many years ago. Harmony was shown to them by J C McDaniel, also a native of AL but then a professor of horticulture at the University of Illinois, Urbana. Everything we’ve read about professor McDaniel makes us think of all the generous nursery folks we’ve been lucky to know. There was a time when generosity with plants was more important than patent royalties, and good plants were to be shared. Were it still so. Deciduous, 6 to 8’, for sun or part shade, native and unique. Zones 6-9.
> Snow Queen Hydrangea - trade gallon
A Yankee from New Jersey, ’Snow Queen’ produces large panicles of pure white held above the foliage. If you are looking for a larger oakleaf that won’t spill out into paths, walkways or patios she will fill the bill. Confused about the difference between ’Snow Queen’ and ’Snowflake’? ’Snow Queen’ is the regal one, with upright bearing and head held high. Queenly indeed. Originally introduced by Princeton Nurseries in 1979. Zones 5-9. 6’ x 6’. Some images courtesy of Raulston Arboretum.
> Snowflake Oakleaf Hydrangea - 3 quart
There is no other oakleaf like Hydrangea quercifolia ’Snowflake’. Period. Line up the lot and look closely at them in bloom. It’s obvious (and we grow the best of the rest). The multiple bracts of this sterile form give the appearance of double flowers that continue to open at the base, ever elongating the dramatic flower head. Blooms can reach 12-15". Part shade and a native! Early summer bloom for us in GA. These are absolutely the real plant, our cuttings came from the original stock block at Snowflake Nursery in AL (Thanks to the Aldridges!) and now from the 30 or so stock plants we’ve planted in the garden around the nursery. This is by far our largest selling plant and no matter how many we grow we sell out, every season. I guess that’s a seller’s paradise. We keep growing more and it’s never enough. That tells us something. And you too. Get one or more for your garden; you won’t be disappointed. New crop for fall 2014 should be ready late October. Zones 6-9.
> Munchkin Oakleaf - 3 quart
A new oakleaf hydrangea bred by the National Arboretum and released in 2010. After 9 years in their shrub trial, Munchkin was 3 feet tall and 4.5 feet wide making it an oakleaf for even the smallest garden. It has a dense, compact habit with upright flowers in early summer that open white and slowly age to a medium pink (if grown in adequate sun). Gives Pee Wee and Sikes Dwarf a reason to be saving for retirement. Zones 6 - 9.