Hydrangea quercifolia 'PEE WEE'

Hydrangea quercifolia
Hydrangea quercifolia 'PEE WEE'
oak-leaved hydrangea
SIZE/TYPE medium-sized shrub
USUAL HEIGHT 0.8-1.3m
USUAL WIDTH 0.8-1.3m
LEAVES deciduous broadleaf
COLOUR OF LEAVES green
FLOWERS showy
COLOUR OF FLOWERS white
BLOOMING TIME June - August
LOCATION full to partial sun
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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If you look at Pee Wee oak-leaved hydrangea placed among other varieties of this species you will hardly notice any difference. The feature for which it is cultivated and popular among growers shows after a couple of years in the garden: it is its size and habit. Pee Wee is a compact, slower growing variety of oak-leaved hydrangea.

It makes very attractive, shallowly lobed, deciduous, somewhat coarse leaves that are rich green in spring and summer, and turn burgundy red in early autumn and remain such for longer than 2 months before they fall down. The inflorescence is mid-sized, erect, composed of mainly sterile flowers – those are the 4-petalled creamy white ones. They turn pink to light purple in late summer, and brown in early autumn.

Another nice feature about oak-leaved hydrangeas is their exfoliating bark which reveals orange-brown bark. Pruning is a waste of time in case of this compact variety, still, if you need to prune or shape the plant do so immediately after flowering because it flowers on previous year’s wood.

Oak-leaved hydrangea comes from moist and boggy sites along streams and river banks, therefore, it will require 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. It is fully hardy to about -29°C (USDA zone 5).

Last update: 28-01-2014
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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.
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  • 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.
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  • 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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