Friday, August 01, 2008

Snowflake Oakleaf Hydrangea

Oakleaf Hydrangea
Hydrangea quercifolia 'Snowflake'
(hy-DRAIN-juh) (kwer-se-FOH-lee-uh)
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.


Les said...

I agree about buying this one in flower too. There are many claiming to be 'Snowflake' that are not.

When do we get to see more puppy pics?

Indrani said...

Seeing this too for the first time.

Digital Flower Pictures said...

Hi Les,
thanks for stopping by. The species version of Kousa Dogwood is another plant I would recommend buying in flower. The cultivars are generally okay to get anytime. The puppy is doing great. I am going to try and get a couple of pictures tomorrow.