Oakleaf Hydrangea 'Little Honey'

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: Little Honey
Additional cultivar information:(PP15477)
Hybridized by Jarzynka
Registered or introduced: 2003
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36-48 in. (90-120 cm)


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)

Sun Exposure:

Light Shade

Partial to Full Shade


Parts of plant are poisonous if ingested

Bloom Color:

White/Near White


Bloom Time:

Mid Summer


Grown for foliage


Good Fall Color

Other details:

Unknown - Tell us

Soil pH requirements:

6.1 to 6.5 (mildly acidic)

6.6 to 7.5 (neutral)

7.6 to 7.8 (mildly alkaline)

Patent Information:


Propagation Methods:

From softwood cuttings

Seed Collecting:

N/A: plant does not set seed, flowers are sterile, or plants will not come true from seed

Foliage Color:


Bloom Characteristics:

Unknown - Tell us

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:

Belmont, California

Brea, California

Pasadena, California

Redwood City, California

Glastonbury, Connecticut

Allegan, Michigan

Horton, Michigan

South Greenfield, Missouri

Canandaigua, New York

Winston Salem, North Carolina

Cincinnati, Ohio

Dayton, Ohio

Norristown, Pennsylvania

West Chester, Pennsylvania

North Augusta, South Carolina

Chesapeake, Virginia

Fredericksburg, Virginia (2 reports)

Lexington, Virginia

Norfolk, Virginia

Kalama, Washington

Seattle, Washington

Spencer, West Virginia

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Gardeners' Notes:


On May 13, 2017, MRGinOHIO from Dayton, OH wrote:

I purchased a small size plant from a nursery I don't remember. Was slow to establish, but never looked stressed.Have it in mostly morning through midday filtered sun and full sun late in the day. Has grown to about 5 feet tall and wide and I have pruned it sparingly. Plant it in a spot where you can observed the afternoon sun on it as the color on mine is a spectacular yellow in the spring. Sort of greens out in the summer and fall foliage is as pictured above. VERY difficult to propagate and many growers have stop for that reason. One of the best plants in my collection of many unusual things.


On Sep 27, 2012, yarddawg50 from Winston Salem, NC wrote:

Lost 4 planted in fall 2011 in zone 7A. All have been replaced and re-planted September 27, 2012. I cannot confirm there was a problem with the plants or with site selection since the plants did not leaf out this spring. The dead plants were from mail order very small. (quart size) Replaced them with 3 gallon size from a local nursery. Hope to add positive comments in 2013.


On Jun 28, 2012, atcps from WOODLAWN, TN wrote:

I purchased this in the all of 2009 and planted it in part sun/high shade conditions in well amended soil. By the time spring rolled around it was dead. Normally I give plants two tries but the whole time it was here it was so weak looking and just not attractive at all and its high cost does not warrant another try. There are too many other good cultivars out there that deserve a spot. I cannot recommend this weak plant. At least not for my area in northern Middle Tennessee.


On Jul 2, 2011, rkwright85 from Horton, MI (Zone 5b) wrote:

I have been curious about this for a couple years and finally planted a couple. I love oakleaf hydrangeas and was afraid this one would disappoint me but it has been every bit as good as advertised. Fall color is really something, even in pretty dense shade. I trim them often to keep them from flopping over and they respond well to it.


On Feb 20, 2005, gardenermark from Fredericksburg, VA (Zone 7a) wrote:

I ordered six of these from Heronswood last year. I have them planted underneath a row of crepe myrtles. The foliage color is really excellent. My yard is fairly protected and several of the bigger plants still have last years deep maroon foliage on them and are definitely alive. They required no special care after the first few weeks when I babied them with plenty of water to make sure they didn't dry out. The two smallest have lost all their leaves and are now merely a small stick poking just above the mulch. I am anxious to see if all of them do well in the spring. Update: These have all come back and finally bloomed last spring(2011.) These are beautiful plants.


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

In "Hydrangeas for American Gardens," by Michael A. Dirr (2004), it says: Sport of 'Pee Wee' by Peter Catt with soft yellow leaves. Yellow supposedly holds into summer with leaves turning red in fall. Briggs Nursery, Olympia, WA has produced this selection via tissue culture.


On May 2, 2004, henryr10 from Cincinnati, OH (Zone 6b) wrote:

I really can't recommend yet, as I just received it yesterday, but it is stunning.
Especially against a 'regular' Oak Leaf.

Now available in a few more places, but VERY limited.
This one came from Klehm's Song Sparrow.
Perfectly grown and shipped, as is usual for them.

As the season progresses I'll update notes and photos.


On Oct 19, 2003, M_Bond from Belmont, CA (Zone 10a) wrote:

This new oakleaf hydrangea cultivar is a golden-leaved sport of the cultivar 'Pee-Wee', so it is also a dwarf. It grows to about 3'-4' and has beautiful golden leaves emerging in the spring that become chartreuse with age, and finally spring green by mid-summer. The leaves turn bright scarlet in the fall, as well. A small, gold-leaved oakleaf hydrangea has so many uses to lighten up a shade garden!