FIERY FALL COLOR AND OAK LEAF-LIFE FOLIAGE
- Leaves are dark green deeply-lobed leaves in the summer
- In the fall those leaves turn a deep, mahogany red
- White blooms in summer turn a ruby red in fall
- Oak-like foliage
- Cold and heat hardy
- Wonderful in cut flower arrangements
- Hand Selected, Fresh from the Grower
- Ships in a plant-safe designed box
- Hardiness Zone: 5-8
- Mature Height: 3-4' tall
- Mature Width: 3-5' wide
- Exposure: Full Sun/Part Shade
- Spacing: 3-5' apart
Why plant Ruby Slippers Oakleaf Hydrangea?
You don’t have to be a wizard to realize that Ruby Slippers Oakleaf Hydrangea is a top-notch landscape plant. This dynamic Hydrangea just keeps getting more beautiful as the year goes on. In summer, the 9-inch flower clusters unfurl—at first they’re frosty white, but eventually they take on deep rose-pink tones. In autumn, the emerald-green foliage becomes a rich burgundy color that lasts a long time. Use this compact, munchkin-sized accent in your foundation beds, patio plantings, woodland garden, or any of the lightly shaded areas around your home in need of a burst of color.
Oakleaf Hydrangea is a noble native plant found in the Southeast from Tennessee to Louisiana and Florida (not in Kansas). It can become a rather large plant with big, bold leaves and chunky stems, though smaller forms like Snow Queen and the even smaller Pee Wee have been introduced. Ruby Slippers was developed by researchers from the National Arboretum by crossing Snow Queen Hydrangea with Pee Wee. The result was very compact like Pee Wee but with particularly large and richly colored flower clusters. It was made available to the public in 2010 and has been a big hit.
How to use Ruby Slippers Oakleaf Hydrangea in the landscape?
Finding colorful plants for shady gardens can be a challenge. Ruby Slippers Oakleaf Hydrangea turns shade into an advantage. Lightly shaded situations are best, allowing Ruby Slippers to develop its greatest flower power and strongest fall color, while protecting its foliage from the scorching effects of intense sunlight.
Hardiness Zone: 5-8
How To Plant Ruby Slippers Oakleaf Hydrangea
Give Ruby Slippers Oakleaf Hydrangea a spot in the landscape where it will enjoy shade during the hottest part of the day. It will appreciate fertile soil that is rich in organic matter and well drained. Young plants and those grown in the North may be shy about flowering. In any case, the handsome fall foliage is always a dependable feature. Trim off the spent, papery brown flower heads or leave them up for winter interest.
How To Water
Try to water it regularly in summer (weekly) if no rain falls; Ruby Slippers will tolerate somewhat dry conditions when established, but its foliage will be lusher with steady moisture.
How To Fertilize
Fertilize once in the spring with our Elements Starter Plant Food for a boost of growth.
How To Prune
Ruby Slippers is a slow grower, so there is not much pruning to be done rather than removing dead branches. Make sure to prune back the spent blooms or you can leave them up for winter interest.
How Does Shipping Work?
Size Small (AAA), Medium (A2A), and Large (AA) plants (our Treelings, Shrubs, Bushes, and Perennials) will be shipped directly to your home by a common carrier. Ships in a plant-safe designed box within 5-7 business days.
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