Hydrangea quercifolia 'Ruby Slippers'

Oakleaf Hydrangea

Tips for Homeowners:

Prune after they bloom to establish a nice full shrub.

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As pretty for its leaves as its flowers, this hydrangea has something to offer in all seasons and its compact growth habit is perfect for growing in smaller landscapes.

  • Loads of white flowers quickly age to deep pink
  • Deep red fall color
  • Uniquely textured, oak-like leaves

Plant in mixed shrub borders or naturalize in open woodland gardens. This beauty is also ideal as an accent shrub on its own or with perennial plantings. 

Height: 3-4 ft
Spread: 4-5 ft
Zone: 5-9
Color: Pink, White

Interesting Notes about Oakleaf Hydrangea:

The Oakleaf hydrangea is considered a 4-season plant due to the interesting bark in the winter and spring, the showy flowers from summer into fall and beautiful fall foliage. The beauty of this shrub extends to its ability to withstand drought and poor soils, which is why it is the best growing hydrangea across the state.

Characteristics & Attributes


  • Container
  • Summer Bloomer
  • Mass Planting
  • Winter Interest
  • Drought Tolerant
  • Long Blooming
  • Specimen
  • Great Foliage
  • Border or Bed
  • Fall Color
  • Low Maintenance

Foliage Color:

  • Red
  • Green


  • Partial Sun

Attracts Wildlife:

  • Attracts Butterflies


  • Mounding

Season of Interest (Flowering):

  • Summer

Season of Interest (Foliage):

  • Summer

Soil Moisture:

  • Moist, Well-Drained
  • Average Water