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Alice Hydrangea Hydrangea quercifolia 'Alice'

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Phonetic Spelling
hy-DRAN-jee-ah kwer-sih-FOH-lee-ah
Description

Oakleaf Hydrangea 'Alice' is an erect rounded decidous shrub with showy white flowers that appear in early to mid-summer.  As the flowers age they fade to pink.  This shrub will reach a height of 5 to 8 feet tall and wide at maturity.  Plant 'Alice' in the full sun to partial shade in moist well-drained soil.  Mulch this plant in the summer to conserve soil moisture.  

Like all hydrangeas, it needs to be pruned immediately after flowering as flower buds are produced on second year wood.  Flower buds can be killed by harsh winter temperatures.  Plant it as a specimen plant near a patio or entry way.  It works well in small groups, in shrub borders, as an informal hedge, or in a woodland or winter themed garden.

Insects, Diseases, and Other Plant Problems:  No serious problems and resistant to many leaf diseases that plague other hydrangeas.  Aphids and spider mites are occasional insect pests.  Leaf blight and powdery mildew occasional disease problems. 

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#showy flowers#fall color#specimen#white flowers#deciduous shrub#low maintenance#winter interest#hedges#mid-summer flowers#early summer flowers#exfoliating bark#patio planting#fall color red#fall color bronze#fall color purple#small groups#shrub borders#woodland
 
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#showy flowers#fall color#specimen#white flowers#deciduous shrub#low maintenance#winter interest#hedges#mid-summer flowers#early summer flowers#exfoliating bark#patio planting#fall color red#fall color bronze#fall color purple#small groups#shrub borders#woodland
  • Attributes:
    Genus:
    Hydrangea
    Species:
    quercifolia
    Family:
    Hydrangeaceae
    Life Cycle:
    Woody
    Dimensions:
    Height: 5 ft. 0 in. - 8 ft. 0 in.
    Width: 5 ft. 0 in. - 8 ft. 0 in.
  • Whole Plant Traits:
    Plant Type:
    Shrub
    Woody Plant Leaf Characteristics:
    Deciduous
    Habit/Form:
    Erect
    Rounded
    Maintenance:
    Low
    Texture:
    Coarse
  • Cultural Conditions:
    Light:
    Full sun (6 or more hours of direct sunlight a day)
    Partial Shade (Direct sunlight only part of the day, 2-6 hours)
    Soil Drainage:
    Good Drainage
    Moist
    Available Space To Plant:
    6-feet-12 feet
    NC Region:
    Coastal
    Mountains
    Piedmont
    USDA Plant Hardiness Zone:
    5a, 5b, 6b, 6a, 7a, 7b, 8a, 8b, 9b, 9a
  • Flowers:
    Flower Color:
    Pink
    White
    Flower Inflorescence:
    Panicle
    Flower Value To Gardener:
    Showy
    Flower Bloom Time:
    Summer
    Flower Petals:
    4-5 petals/rays
    Flower Description:
    4 petaled showy white flowers that fade to pink appear from June-July on large arching panicles that are 10-14 inches long.
  • Leaves:
    Woody Plant Leaf Characteristics:
    Deciduous
    Leaf Color:
    Green
    Leaf Feel:
    Rough
    Deciduous Leaf Fall Color:
    Purple/Lavender
    Red/Burgundy
    Leaf Type:
    Simple
    Leaf Arrangement:
    Opposite
    Leaf Margin:
    Lobed
    Hairs Present:
    No
    Leaf Length:
    > 6 inches
    Leaf Description:
    Deep green leaves reach 8" long and resemble oak leaves. In the fall leaves turn attractive shades of purple, bronze, and red.
  • Bark:
    Bark Color:
    Light Brown
    Surface/Attachment:
    Exfoliating
    Bark Description:
    Older stems exfoliate to reveal inner brown bark that is quite attractive in the winter.
  • Stem:
    Stem Is Aromatic:
    No
  • Landscape:
    Landscape Location:
    Patio
    Woodland
    Design Feature:
    Border
    Hedge
    Small groups
    Specimen
    Resistance To Challenges:
    Diseases