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Hydrangea quercifolia Snow Queen


Large white cone shaped clusters of flowers in late summer

This is a deciduous shrub that produces cones of white flowers in late summer which then turn to a pinkish purple in the autumn. It has large-sized, oak-like leaves that are of a deep green hue that then turn crimson in the autumn.


Ideal conditions are in well-drained soil with rich humus, high moisture content, and full to partial sun. It can be grown in beds and boarders as well as in pots.


Use top quality compost if growing in a pot. Trim off dead flowers after flowering.

This shrub is found in south-eastern U.S., and has a good level of frost tolerance.

Plant details

In depth plant information

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Plant type Ornamental shrub
Flower colour
Foliage colour
Typically available April - September
Season of interest Summer, Autumn
Flowering May - September
Evergreen Yes
Plant height 300 cm - 500 cm
Plant width 250 cm - 300 cm
Fragrant flowers Yes
Attracts bees Yes
Attracts butterflies Yes
Plant height in 5 years 270 cm
Hardiness zone (?) H4

Will perform best in these conditions

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Soil type Chalk, Clay, Loam, Sand
Light exposure Part shade, Full sun
Soil drainage Well drained, Medium
Planting instructions

Water the plant in its pot thoroughly before planting – give it a good soaking. Prepare the area by digging a hole twice the size of the pot. Dig compost into the base of the hole. Remove the pot and position the plant in the hole, with the top of the rootball about level with the surrounding soil. Refill the planting hole with a mixture of garden soil and compost, firming as you go. Water in well and keep well watered during the plant's first year.

Planting site Cottage garden, Informal garden, Coastal or drought resistant, City garden, Courtyard garden, Flower border and beds

Typically available

From April to September