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PlantFiles: Oakleaf Hydrangea
Hydrangea quercifolia 'Snowflake'

Family: Hydrangeaceae (hy-drain-jee-AY-see-ee) (Info)
Genus: Hydrangea (hy-DRAIN-juh) (Info)
Species: quercifolia (kwer-se-FOH-lee-uh) (Info)
Cultivar: Snowflake
Additional cultivar information: (aka Brido)
Hybridized by Aldridge; Year of Registration or Introduction: 1960

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36-48 in. (90-120 cm)
4-6 ft. (1.2-1.8 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)

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:
Average Water Needs; Water regularly; do not overwater
Flowers are good for cutting
Flowers are good for drying and preserving
Provides winter interest

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

Patent Information:

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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3 positives
1 neutral
No negatives

Gardeners' Notes:

Neutral DiZee On Sep 12, 2013, DiZee from Derry, PA (Zone 5b) wrote:

I am in PA zone 5, This plant looked stunning this spring and summer till we got some heavy rains. Then all the flowers laid on the ground and never recovered. Does this happen often? I love it otherwise....wondering if I need to move it to not such a prominent place in the garden?

Positive ifonly On Jul 29, 2008, ifonly from Brookfield, CT wrote:

This is a stunner - not usually a fan of double flowers, but these are gorgeous and unique.

Several years of no flowers caused me finally to fertilize and the reward -- heavy, huge flowers - sigh!

Flowers age beautifully and make great dried bouquets.

Great fall color, too.

Positive lmelling On Dec 5, 2004, lmelling from Ithaca, NY (Zone 5b) wrote:

According to the authors of "Encyclopedia of Hydrangeas" C.J. and D.M. Van Gelderen (2004 - Timber Press).

Actual cultivar name 'Brido', trademarked name is SNOWFLAKE. Bred by Edgar Aldridge and Loren Aldridge, U.S., in 1960. Originated at Snow Flake Nurseries in Alabama.

Spectacular plant that needs a sheltered place and can suffer in very cold winters. The flowerheads are very interesting; the panicle contains white fertile flowers and very double sterile flowers in abundance. Leaves are like those of this species, the plant sometimes has an untidy shape. To 6.5' tall.

Positive ctmiller On Apr 29, 2003, ctmiller from Norman, OK wrote:

This has been one of the easiest and most productive plants I have ever used. I purchased 5 small one gallon plants 5 years ago from a local nursery. I placed them under a medium sized spreading pine in rather poor soil and they have thrived. The first few years they were planted they got a little crispy in the late summer but have seemed to even out and are now used to their spot. The brilliant fall color really depends on the type of fall we have but tends to be present every other year. They get the bright morning sun and some of the dappled afternoon sun as well. They went from being plants that were perhaps two feet tall at the most to plants that will be well over 8ft this summer when in bloom. They are full and beautiful and not at all leggy and have only required trimming of a few dead branches in the Spring and the flower heads after they are spent about mid summer. The blooming is profuse and tends to have a light honey scent. The flowers go from a bright white to a beautiful rosey pink and then they dry on the bush. They are so lush that they are even great to look at after they are finished blooming (late May or early June). The new growth follows the blooming period and continues until fall. I really can't say enough good about this plant but would recommend putting it in the partial shade in the lower mid-west.


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

Florence, Alabama
Pinson, Alabama
Brookfield, Connecticut
Westport, Connecticut
Beverly Hills, Florida
Hayden, Idaho
New Orleans, Louisiana
Brick, New Jersey
Mount Laurel, New Jersey
Himrod, New York
Apex, North Carolina
Burlington, North Carolina
Cincinnati, Ohio
Norman, Oklahoma
Derry, Pennsylvania
Lansdowne, Pennsylvania
Fort Worth, Texas
Nacogdoches, Texas
Seattle, Washington

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