Pee Wee Oakleaf Hydrangea
Pee Wee Oakleaf Hydrangea is a pint-sized plant with a big personality! It will play a starring role in your landscape, whether you choose to feature it in your entryway garden, foundation plantings, mixed borders, or patio area. Use it as a Splash of Color in any of these high-visibility areas, where its snow-white summer flowers and pretty, lobed foliage—shaped like Red Oak leaves—will be on full display. In fall, the foliage will put on a spectacular show when it takes on crimson-purple tones that last a long time. Bravo!
Oakleaf Hydrangea is a Southern belle, growing in moist woodsy areas in the wild from Tennessee to Louisiana and Florida. It is happy in many Yankee landscapes as well, tolerating temperatures down to -20ºF once established. In its typical form, Oakleaf Hydrangea makes a grand, spreading plant. Bold leaves clothe chunky stems, which are topped by big cones of white flowers that turn pinkish as they age. Discovered in Alabama, Pee Wee was chosen for a habit that is much more compact than usual. This mini-Oakleaf isn’t lacking in drama, however. It has all the eye-appeal of the original—just in a smaller package.
Finding colorful plants for shady gardens can be a challenge. Pee Wee Oakleaf Hydrangea turns shade into an advantage. Lightly shaded situations are best, allowing Pee Wee to develop its greatest flower power and strongest fall color, while protecting its foliage from the scorching effects of intense sunlight.
How to Grow
Give Pee Wee 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. Try to water it regularly in summer (weekly) if no rain falls; Pee Wee will tolerate somewhat dry conditions when established, but its foliage will be lusher with steady moisture. Young plants and those grown in the North may be shy about flowering. In any case, the foliage is the star attraction. Trim off the spent, papery brown flower heads or leave them up for winter interest.
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