Friday, August 01, 2008
Snowflake Oakleaf Hydrangea
Hydrangea quercifolia 'Snowflake'
Synonyms: H. quercifolia 'Brido'
‘Snowflake’ is a double flowered Oakleaf Hydrangea. It gets to about 6 feet tall and has an extended blooming season over the regular Oakleafs. There are only two species of Hydrangea native to the United States and Hydrangea quercifolia is one of them. They can look a bit untidy sometimes but in general they are a lovely plant in the garden. The orange, red and purplish fall color is enough reason to grow them. The flowers are nice since they come out a little later than most of the Hydrangeas and with this cultivar are quite large. They do not tolerate wet feet or soggy soil like some of the other Hydrangea species but they can tolerate a little more shade.
Snowflake Nurseries of Boaz, Alabama, introduced this hydrangea in 1960. Like buying a Sourwood Tree when it is showing it’s fall color you should try and purchase ‘Snowflake’ in flower to make sure you are getting the double flowered type.