Oakleaf Hydrangea 'Snowflake'

Hydrangea quercifolia

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
Registered or introduced: 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



Provides winter interest

Other details:

Unknown - Tell us

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

Foliage Color:

Unknown - Tell us

Bloom Characteristics:

Flowers are good for cutting

Flowers are good for drying and preserving

Water Requirements:

Average Water Needs; Water regularly; do not overwater

Where to Grow:

Unknown - Tell us


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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Gardeners' Notes:


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?


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.


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.


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... read more