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PlantFiles: Oakleaf Hydrangea
Hydrangea quercifolia 'Snow Queen'

Family: Hydrangeaceae (hy-drain-jee-AY-see-ee) (Info)
Genus: Hydrangea (hy-DRAIN-juh) (Info)
Species: quercifolia (kwer-se-FOH-lee-uh) (Info)
Cultivar: Snow Queen
Additional cultivar information: (PP4458, aka Flemygea, Flemigea)
Hybridized by Flemer; Year of Registration or Introduction: 1978

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4-6 ft. (1.2-1.8 m)
6-8 ft. (1.8-2.4 m)

4-6 ft. (1.2-1.8 m)

USDA Zone 5a: to -28.8 C (-20 F)
USDA Zone 5b: to -26.1 C (-15 F)
USDA Zone 6a: to -23.3 C (-10 F)
USDA Zone 6b: to -20.5 C (-5 F)
USDA Zone 7a: to -17.7 C (0 F)
USDA Zone 7b: to -14.9 C (5 F)
USDA Zone 8a: to -12.2 C (10 F)
USDA Zone 8b: to -9.4 C (15 F)
USDA Zone 9a: to -6.6 C (20 F)
USDA Zone 9b: to -3.8 C (25 F)
USDA Zone 10a: to -1.1 C (30 F)
USDA Zone 10b: to 1.7 C (35 F)

Sun Exposure:
Sun to Partial Shade

Parts of plant are poisonous if ingested

Bloom Color:
White/Near White

Bloom Time:
Late Spring/Early Summer
Mid Summer


Other details:
Requires consistently moist soil; do not let dry out between waterings

Soil pH requirements:
5.1 to 5.5 (strongly acidic)
5.6 to 6.0 (acidic)

Patent Information:
Patent expired

Propagation Methods:
From softwood cuttings
From semi-hardwood cuttings
From hardwood cuttings
From seed; sow indoors before last frost
By serpentine layering

Seed Collecting:
Allow pods to dry on plant; break open to collect seeds
N/A: plant does not set seed, flowers are sterile, or plants will not come true from seed

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4 positives
3 neutrals
No negatives

Gardeners' Notes:

Positive RrrrrGrrrr On May 8, 2012, RrrrrGrrrr from Atlanta, GA (Zone 7b) wrote:

I planted a small "Snow Queen" hydrangea about 4 years ago. It seemed pricey at the time ($49.99), but has really filled out and is covered with blooms this year. The flowers are shorter and more upright than most of the other varieties of oakleafs I've seen, but there are tons of them..

It is planted in an elevated bed with red clay/added compost.. I fertilize it a couple of times a year with one of those acid loving fertilizers.

Positive NoLawns On Jun 20, 2011, NoLawns from Warrenville, IL wrote:

A great Hydrangea. Patented p.p. 4458 in 1978

Positive gardenlady123 On Sep 13, 2008, gardenlady123 from Plainwell, MI (Zone 5b) wrote:

This is my absolute favorite shrub!!!! It is beautiful all summer long. In the late summer it turns a georgeous brilliant dried looking pink. I will never get rid of this shrub. Im not going to cut it back either I want a bigger shrub. Nice foliage also.

Neutral selinaoz On Apr 2, 2008, selinaoz from Mooresville, NC wrote:

This was planted from a cutting from the previous owners bush. It is going on the third spring and it is having a hard time I think. It has produced only eight blooms at most. It has only about four seperate stocks and I don't know if it is in the wrongspot. It is planted on a slope in clay and compost soil on the north west side of the house. I have put manure on it and have watered it but I am sure it probably runs off down the hill. I have mulched it and put rocks also in the soil to hold moisture. It has very slow growth but has improved from a little stick. Should I risk moving it? I would love to have it bigger but almost giving up.

Neutral krikit7 On Jun 24, 2007, krikit7 from Dixon, IL (Zone 5a) wrote:

BEAUTIFUL foliage, especially in the fall. The " flaky" bark adds interest also but.... I can't get it to bloom eventhough it gets winter protection.

Positive StarGazey26 On Jun 26, 2005, StarGazey26 from (Zone 10a) wrote:

I love this plant, i just bought it, it was in a one gallon, i took out my night blooming jasmine plant and a brugmansia, i needed a quick, smaller plant, for this area.. I picked the oak leaf hydrangea, because of the fact that it will have great color, and not get as big as the plants i had where the oak leaf is now.. I cant wait for it to get a little bigger, i know it will be a great plant. I love the leaf, although no oak tree has that big of leaf! LOL.. But this is a good choice, i love it..

Neutral lmelling On Oct 27, 2004, lmelling from Ithaca, NY (Zone 5b) wrote:

I purchased a SnowQueen oakleaf hydrangea in bloom several years ago at a local nursery. Since that time I have not been able to get it to bloom. It is planted next to our house in a sheltered location where it gets sun (when it's out - this is Ithaca, folks!) except hot afternoons. The soil is clay, but well drained, being near the foundation.

I'm not sure why it hasn't bloomed, it appears healthy. At least it puts on a nice show in fall!

Information about this plant relates that the flowers should be 6-8" long, held upright, and should not bend or arch. They should turn pink as they mature. This is a more compact grower, possibly 6' high at maturity, slower growing than some. Prof. Dirr observes no damage at -22 degrees F. A Princeton Nursery introduction.


This plant has been said to grow in the following regions:

Huntsville, Alabama
Jasper, Alabama
Lompoc, California
Ripon, California
San Jose, California
Lake City, Florida
Port Orange, Florida
Atlanta, Georgia
Woodstock, Georgia
Dixon, Illinois
Warrenville, Illinois
Calvert City, Kentucky
Louisville, Kentucky
North Billerica, Massachusetts
Wayland, Massachusetts
Plainwell, Michigan
Mendenhall, Mississippi
Ithaca, New York
Chapel Hill, North Carolina
Mooresville, North Carolina
Raleigh, North Carolina
Springboro, Ohio
Yukon, Oklahoma
West Chester, Pennsylvania
Charleston, South Carolina
Spartanburg, South Carolina
Memphis, Tennessee
Austin, Texas
Fort Worth, Texas
Nacogdoches, Texas
New Waverly, Texas
Arlington, Virginia
Lexington, Virginia
East Port Orchard, Washington

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