Hydrangea (Hydrangea quercifolia 'Ruby Slippers') in the Hydrangeas Database

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General Plant Information (Edit)
Plant Habit: Shrub
Life cycle: Perennial
Sun Requirements: Full Sun to Partial Shade
Partial or Dappled Shade
Water Preferences: Mesic
Soil pH Preferences: Slightly acid (6.1 – 6.5)
Neutral (6.6 – 7.3)
Minimum cold hardiness: Zone 5a -28.9 °C (-20 °F) to -26.1 °C (-15 °F)
Maximum recommended zone: Zone 8b
Plant Height: 3 - 4 feet
Plant Spread: 3 - 5 feet
Leaves: Good fall color
Fruit: Dehiscent
Flowers: Showy
Blooms on old wood
Flower Color: Pink
Multi-Color: Opening white turning pink then finishing rose
Bloom Size: 1"-2"
Flower Time: Spring
Late spring or early summer
Uses: Windbreak or Hedge
Provides winter interest
Cut Flower
Dried Flower
Wildlife Attractant: Bees
Resistances: Humidity tolerant
Drought tolerant
Propagation: Other methods: Cuttings: Stem


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Posted by frankrichards16 (Clinton, Michigan - Zone 5b) on Mar 15, 2018 8:32 AM

Hydrangea quercifolia 'Ruby Slippers' (Oak Leaf Hydrangea) is a product of a breeding program started in 1996 at the U.S. National Arboretum in McMinnville, TN (A cross and Intercross of H. quercifolia 'Snow Queen' and 'Pee Wee'). After evaluations, it was introduced in 2010. A dwarf at 3 1/2- to 4-ft. tall, its 9" upright, cone-shaped panicles open white, then turn pale pink and mature to deep rose. Dark green oak-like leaves turn mahogany-red in fall. Grows well in partial shade to full sun. USDA Zones 5-8.

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Posted by dave (Jacksonville, Texas - Zone 8b) on Jun 22, 2014 7:27 AM

This is one of the first two hydrangea cultivars released from the US National Arboretum. It was developed from a 1998 hybridization of oakleaf hydrangea cultivars Oakleaf Hydrangea (Hydrangea quercifolia Snow Queen™) and Oakleaf Hydrangea (Hydrangea quercifolia 'Pee Wee') and was released in 2010.

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Discussion Threads about this plant
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bushes for the front of the house by random_bunny75 Aug 20, 2018 8:49 PM 30
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Almost Eden has a good selection of Hydrangeas by frankrichards16 May 2, 2018 4:17 AM 3
Cutting back flowering bush by ChrisBush Mar 17, 2018 8:15 PM 10

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