‘Ruby Slippers’ Hydrangea

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Hydrangea quercifolia ‘Ruby Slippers’
USDA Hardiness Zones: 5a to 9b
Large flower clusters in the summer open white, quickly aging to deep pink. Stems hold the bold flowers upright even in heavy rains. It offers brilliant mahogany fall foliage. This is a fast grower, but is a compact variety compared to other oakleaf hydrangeas at 3 1/2 feet tall and 4 to 5 feet wide. ‘Ruby Slippers’ works well in smaller landscapes and for mass plantings.
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Growth Size:   Medium Shrub - 3 to 4 feet tall, 5 to 4 feet wide
Growth Habit:   Upright - Compact
Features:   Naturalizes Well, Bold Texture-Shape, North American Native, Easy to Grow, Fall Foliage Color
Drought Tolerant (once established)
Attracts:   Butterflies, Bees, Pollinators
Garden Ideas:   
Cottage, Shade, Cutting
Flower features:    Flower Changes Color, Showy Flowers, Good for Cut Flowers
Pure white flowers age to deep pink that bloom in summer
Foliage type and color:    Deciduous, Dark Green
Deeply lobed with attractive fall color
Landscape Uses:    Beds, Shady areas, Grouping, Woodland edge
Accent, Border, Mass Planting, Specimen
‘Ruby Slippers’ Hydrangea is a Low maintenance plant
Growth Size:   Medium Shrub - 3 to 4 feet tall, 5 to 4 feet wide
Growth Rate:   Medium
Spacing:   4-5 ft apart
Exposure:   Partial Shade to Full Sun
Watering:   Average
Soil Types:   Adaptable to pH   Moist, well-drained   Enriched with organic matter
General Plant Care:    Hydrangeas are easy-care shrubs that prefer to be planted in partial or afternoon shade. Hydrangeas will wilt in afternoon heat, but typically recover in morning. Consider planting your hydrangea in a spot where they get afternoon shade or watering more frequently during hot spells.
General Planting Tips:    Choose a site suited to your plant's light, soil, and space needs. Dig a hole twice as wide but no deeper than the container. Remove plant from container and loosen roots slightly. Place the plant in the hole. If using slow-release (coated) fertilizer, you may add it according to package directions at this time. Add soil back to the hole, ensuring the top of the soil from the container is even with the surrounding soil. Water well, and add more soil if needed. Add 2-3 inches of mulch around plant, taking care to keep away from stem or trunk. See our FAQ page for more details on Mulching.
General Fertilizing Tips:    Once in spring with a slow-release fertilizer recommended for this plant (shrub, tree) at a rate according to package directions.
General Pruning suggestions:    Oakleaf hydrangeas are a beautiful native American shrub adapted to the woodlands, and do not typically need pruning. They bloom on old wood, so any needed pruning should be done after flowering in late spring. If flowers are allowed to remain on the plant, they will age to a lovely rose-brown. If the natural size of oakleaf hydrangeas are too large for your site, consider a dwarf variety like ‘Munchkin’ or ‘PeeWee’.
Bloom Tips:    Remove flower stalks after blooms have faded
USDA Hardiness Zones: 5a to 9b

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