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Hydrangea quercifolia 'Flemygea'

Description

Snow Queen or 'Flemygea' is a cultivar of Oakleaf Hydrangea.  It is a medium sized deciduous shrub reaching a height of 6 feet and a width of 8 feet at maturity.  Its showy white flowers appear from late spring to early summer and they fade to pink as they age. The stems of this shrub are strong and remain upright even after soaking rains making this an excellent choice for a cutting garden as the flowers seldom become damaged.

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 or accent plant near a patio or foundation.  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#interesting bark#specimen#white flowers#deciduous shrub#cut flowers#low maintenance#winter interest#fall interest#accent plant#hedges#foundation planting#cutting garden#late spring flowers#mid-summer flowers#dried arrangements#early summer flowers#small group plantings#patio planting#fall color red#fall color bronze#fall color purple#shrub borders#woodland garden
 
Cultivars / Varieties:
Tags:
#showy flowers#interesting bark#specimen#white flowers#deciduous shrub#cut flowers#low maintenance#winter interest#fall interest#accent plant#hedges#foundation planting#cutting garden#late spring flowers#mid-summer flowers#dried arrangements#early summer flowers#small group plantings#patio planting#fall color red#fall color bronze#fall color purple#shrub borders#woodland garden
  • Attributes:
    Genus:
    Hydrangea
    Species:
    quercifolia
    Family:
    hy-DRAN-jee-ah kwer-sih-FOH-lee-ah
    Life Cycle:
    Woody
    Dimensions:
    Height: 4 ft. 0 in. - 6 ft. 0 in.
    Width: 6 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
  • Flowers:
    Flower Color:
    Pink
    White
    Flower Inflorescence:
    Panicle
    Flower Value To Gardener:
    Good Cut
    Good Dried
    Long Bloom Season
    Showy
    Flower Bloom Time:
    Spring
    Summer
    Flower Petals:
    4-5 petals/rays
    Flower Description:
    White elongated cone-like panicles of flower fade to pink and appear from May-July. Flowers have four petals.
  • Leaves:
    Woody Plant Leaf Characteristics:
    Deciduous
    Leaf Color:
    Green
    Deciduous Leaf Fall Color:
    Brown/Copper
    Purple/Lavender
    Red/Burgundy
    Leaf Type:
    Simple
    Leaf Arrangement:
    Opposite
    Leaf Margin:
    Lobed
    Hairs Present:
    No
    Leaf Length:
    > 6 inches
    Leaf Description:
    Green leaves up to 8" long and resemble oak leaves. Fall color of red, bronze or purple.
  • Bark:
    Bark Color:
    Light Brown
    Surface/Attachment:
    Exfoliating
    Bark Description:
    Attractive exfoliating bark reveals rich inner brown color and makes for great winter interest.
  • Stem:
    Stem Is Aromatic:
    No
  • Landscape:
    Landscape Location:
    Patio
    Woodland
    Landscape Theme:
    Winter Garden
    Design Feature:
    Accent
    Border
    Foundation Planting
    Hedge
    Mass Planting
    Small groups
    Specimen