Beautifully lobed foliage resembles oak leaves and complements the long bloom panicles starting out white, changing to pink and finally fading to burgundy-red. This deciduous mounding shrub has a compact, bushy habit, perfect for landscaping as it requires little to no pruning.
Light: Full sun to partial shade
Bloom Time: Early to midsummer
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Lil' Ruby Dwarf Oakleaf Hydrangea Product Details
Hydrangea quercifolia 'Ruby Slippers'
Deciduous woody shrub
Shade/Partial Shade/Full Sun
3 - 4' bushy and mounding
4 - 5'
Zones 5 - 9
Large, dark green, leathery textured leaves with broad lobes. 3-8" long, 3 - 5" wide. The undersurface is silvery white to brownish tomentose.
8-9" long inflorescences held upright above the foliage.
Changes from white to pink to red
Early to midsummer
Set so buds are at or just below soil leve. Firm surrounding soil and water in well.
Well drained, moisture retentive soils, enriched with organic matter. Does well in dry soils too.
Slow to moderate.
Deciduous mounding shrub that has a compact and bushy habit. The beautifully lobed leaves resemble oak leaves. They are a rich dark green during the growing season and turn a spectacular scarlet and burgundy in the fall. The long bloom panicles start out white, change to pink and eventually fade to a burgundy red. Exfoliating bark adds winter interest. This is a perfect shrub for the landscape because of its compact size, there is little to no pruning.
A cross between Hydrangea Pee Wee and Snow Queen.
The Lil' Ruby Dwarf Oakleaf Hydrangea (hydrangea quercifolia) is an excellent early to midsummer flowering plant. The plant is populated with beautifully lobed foliage that resembles large, leathery textured oak leaves with a silvery white to brownish tomentose under-surface. With the foliage being complemented by the long bloom panicles, this "ruby slippers" oakleaf hydrangea boasts a wonderfully balanced color palette. The bountiful clusters of flowers are roughly eight to nine inches long and hold upright above the foliage. The inflorescences start out in a pure white before changing into a lovely pink. Finally, the plant truly lives up to the "ruby slippers" moniker as the flowers slip into a stunning shade of burgundy-red.
The ruby slippers dwarf oakleaf hydrangea is a deciduous mounding shrub with a slow to moderate growth rate. Growing to roughly a three or four foot height, the plant also has a compact and bushy habit making it the ideal shrub for the landscape. The plant also requires little to no pruning. Exfoliating bark also adds winter interest to provide a unique view while the garden is mostly dormant. To plant the Lil' Ruby Dwarf Oakleaf Hydrangea, set so buds are at or just below soil level. Firm the surrounding soil and water in well.