Hydrangea quercifolia 'LITTLE HONEY'

Hydrangea quercifolia
Hydrangea quercifolia 'LITTLE HONEY'
oak-leaved hydrangea
SIZE/TYPE medium-sized shrub
USUAL HEIGHT 1-1.3m
USUAL WIDTH 1-1.5m
LEAVES deciduous broadleaf
COLOUR OF LEAVES light green
FLOWERS showy
COLOUR OF FLOWERS white
BLOOMING TIME July - September
LOCATION semi-shade to shade
USDA zone (lowest) 5   (down to -29°C)
WINTER PROTECTION  
FOR ZONE 5+6 Code of winter protection zone 5+6
FOR ZONE 7 Code of winter protection zone 7
BELONGS TO CATEGORIES Deciduous broadleaf
Summer blooms
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Little Honey is a new oak-leaved hydrangea that originated in Olympia, Washington, USA, in 1999, and was found as a natural mutation of a variety named ‘Pee Wee’. It is unique for its golden yellow to yellow-green, oak-like, distinctly lobed leaves that turn scarlet red in autumn. In late June medium-sized panicles composed of creamy white flowers appear and continue blooming for 6-8 weeks. In late summer they do not usually fade out but take on pink shades which develop into slightly deeper purple red shades towards the autumn. It is protected by US patent No. PP15477 from 2003.

Little Honey is a weaker grower compared to its parent and makes a smaller and compact shrub. Still, we recommend pruning it in early spring a couple of times when young to achieve a nice framework that will ensure a well-branched plant in future. On the contrary, if you need to prune or shape established or mature plants do so immediately after flowering because it blooms on previous year’s wood.

Oak-leaved hydrangea comes from moist and sometimes partly wet sites along river banks and streams, therefore it will need similar conditions in the garden. Grow it in constantly moist soil in full sun or part shade, it can even take temporary waterlogging. It is not fussy about soil pH or quality – it will grow even in clay and compacted ground, but more slowly. Best resultsIt is hardy to about -27°C (USDA zone 5b).

Last update: 24-06-2013
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GLOSSARY
  • STANDARD QUALITY - Plants of this group are 1st class quality with number of branches and overall density adequate to their size and age, considering they were container grown.
  • DE LUXE QUALITY - This label guarantees a luxurious quality of manually selected plants that, compared to their height and age, are exceptionally dense and beautiful.
  • EXTRA - These plants are usually mature and bigger specimens with exceptional overall appearance.
  • STANDARD (as described in the plant form) means a tree with a trunk of 190-210 cm and a crown at the top, unless specified differently. The commercial size for trees is their girth measured in the height of 1m from ground.
  • HOBBY - These plants are of the same quality as our standard-quality plants but younger and therefore cheaper.
  • SHRUB - a woody plant with branches growing bushy from the ground level.
  • HALF-STANDARD or MINI-STANDARD - a small tree with shorter trunk, its size is usually specified.
  • FEATHERED - These are trees with branches growing already from the base of the trunk and up along the stem.
  • GRASSES and PERENNIALS - Sizes given usually read the diameter of the pot or the clump, as specified.
LARGE PLANTS over 150 cmspecimens, screening and hedging shrubs

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