Oakleaf Hydrangea 'Snow Queen'

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: Snow Queen
Additional cultivar information:(PP4458, aka Flemygea, Flemigea)
Hybridized by Flemer
Registered or introduced: 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:

Unknown - Tell us

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

Foliage Color:

Unknown - Tell us

Bloom Characteristics:

Unknown - Tell us

Water Requirements:

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

Where to Grow:

Unknown - Tell us


This plant is said to grow outdoors 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

South Greenfield, Missouri

Ithaca, New York

Chapel Hill, North Carolina

Mooresville, North Carolina

Raleigh, North Carolina

Springboro, Ohio

Yukon, Oklahoma

Downingtown, Pennsylvania

West Chester, Pennsylvania

Charleston, South Carolina

Spartanburg, South Carolina

Memphis, Tennessee

Austin, Texas

Fort Worth, Texas

Nacogdoches, Texas

New Waverly, Texas

South Jordan, Utah

Arlington, Virginia

Lexington, Virginia

East Port Orchard, Washington

Parkwood, Washington

Port Orchard, Washington

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Gardeners' Notes:


On Dec 18, 2020, sophie1950 from South Greenfield, MO (Zone 6a) wrote:

Planted a 1 gallon plant 4 years ago, and it is now 6 feet high and 7 feet across, and blooms heavily every year. This is a cultivar of our native oakleaf, and does not require the consistent moisture other types of hydrangea need to thrive. Mine is in nearly full sun on the southwest side of the house, and is in a raised bed. These plants should not need to be pruned except to remove dead wood, crossing branches, or a particularly wayward branch. I did prune mine back in late spring one year, and it still put on heavy bloom with large flowers on the old wood and smaller but still showy flowers even on the branches that had been shortened by the pruning. It is mid December now and the shrub still has nearly all its leaves which are a very deep glossy burgundy. An excellent plant.


On Jun 17, 2017, Rickwebb from Downingtown, PA wrote:

I was given three small bareroot plants about 7 years ago and planted them close to my picket fence under a young limbed-up Red Maple. They have done well in my good quality clay soil with a pH about 6.9. They are now about 5 feet high and as wide, though I have pruned them down in the past and they might make a 6 feet height at that location. Good dark leaves that get a good mostly orange with red and purplish autumn color. The flower clusters hold themselves erect well and are to about 8" long x 4" wide and have a greater portion of the showy sterile flowers to fertile flowers than the mother species. Handsome shrub!


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.


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

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


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.


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.


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.


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..


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 introduc... read more