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Hydrangea quercifolia ‘Snowflake’
Hydrangea quercifolia ‘Snowflake’

Hydrangea

Climbing Hydrangea

The name Hydrangea, means “water vessel,” given for its cup-shaped seed capsules. A genus of diverse forms, Hydrangeas are commonly found throughout Asia, from the Hima­layas to Taiwan and Japan, with the exception of 2 species, Hydrangea arborescens and Hydrangea quercifolia, which are native to North America. Easily cultivated, this shrub’s lush deciduous leaves are best suited to loose, moist soil in the shade of tall trees or on the north side of the house.

<i>Hydrangea quercifolia</i> ‘Snowflake’ <i>Hydrangea quercifolia</i> ‘Snowflake’

It was a fortuitous moment when Hydrangea enthusiast Eddie Aldridge and his father happened upon this sumptuous Hydrangea in the woodlands of Jefferson County, Alabama. Premiering enormous, 15 in. long white panicles that can extend upward, outward or pendulously, the coarse textured, leathery anchor of large, Oak-like foliage burnishes deep burgundy come fall and stays intact well into December. The distinctive, 2-toned double-petaled effect is created when numerous tiered sepals initially open white, while below the older ones develop dark dusty pink shades with age. ‘Snowflake’s blossoms unfurl a little later and seem to last longer than the single-flowering quercifolia plus Michael Dirr considers them to be the most beautiful of the sterile-blooming cultivars.

Blooms late July–September

Size: 6' 0" – 8' 0" high x 6' 0" – 8' 0" wide.

Hardy to zone 5.

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