Ruby Slippers Oakleaf Hydrangea

Hydrangea quercifolia 'Ruby Slippers'

If you are a beginner at growing plants, Ruby Slippers Oakleaf Hydrangea is very easy to establish and will make you look like a pro! In early summer, this dwarf shrub produces abundant white blooms that transform into vivid red flowers, perfect for the fall months. Even after the red blossoms fall away, rich red foliage prevails bringing you year-round interest. If you plant this hydrangea in partial sun and water weekly to maintain moisture, it will produce bountiful blooms that your neighbors will envy.

Growzone: 5-9

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Ruby Slippers Hydrangea (Hydrangea quercifolia) is a dwarf oakleaf hydrangea native to North America. The proper planting time is early to midsummer, as this fast-growing plant produces a cluster of 9 inch, white, conical blooms that quickly age to deep pink by fall. Similarly, the dark green, deeply lobed foliage turns reddish-brown as it matures while the leaves stay strong and lively, even after heavy rain.

This compact and colorful shrub is perfect for smaller landscapes, hedges, and are particularly astonishing in woodland gardens. When cut and dried, the flowers never fade and are a striking addition to any interior.

The Ruby Slippers Hydrangea will prosper if planted in partial shade, although it can tolerate full sun exposure with more frequent watering, as it is not drought resistant. I have found that it especially loves to soak in the afternoon sun, so it thrives when planted facing the south. With occasional pruning and fertilization, this shrub is a breeze to take care of and a perfect way to liven up your landscaping. If you want more information about planting the right hydrangea for your landscape, read our blog Choosing Hydrangeas for your Garden.

    Growing Zone: 5-9
    Mature Width: 4 to 5 Feet
    Mature Height: 3.5 Feet
    Classification: Broad leaved deciduous shrub, mid-summer flowering
    Sunlight: Part sun to part shade
    Habit: Upright, densely branched
    Flower Color: White flowers in summer turn red in fall
    Foliage: Dark green turning reddish mahogany in the fall
    Soil Condition: Any well drained soil
    Water Requirement: Water well until established
    Uses: Extremely attractive when used as a focal point in the woodland border, mass planting, specimen planting, or container planting
    This Plants Growzone: 5-9

    Planting Information

    Before you buy a Ruby Slippers Oakleaf Hydrangea, make sure to read about the care instructions that are required and recommended to keep this plant healthy and flourishing.

    What type of fertilizer should I use for my Ruby Slippers Oakleaf Hydrangeas?

    What type of fertilizer should I use for my Ruby Slippers Oakleaf Hydrangeas?

    Ruby Slippers Oakleaf Hydrangea grows best if they are fertilized once or twice in the summer. Although many other plants prosper with special fertilizer mixes, hydrangeas do best with a more relaxed approach. Depending on the quality of your existing soil, you may need to add a locally sourced compost or topsoil to the soil. Adding compost or topsoil to your existing soil will help the young feeder roots of Ruby Slippers Oakleaf Hydrangea to spread through the loose, nutrient rich soil, but we do not recommend using topsoil or compost alone, as they will retain too much moisture. We recommend Bio-tone starter fertilizer.

    What type of mulch should I use for an Oakleaf Hydrangea?

    What type of mulch should I use for an Oakleaf Hydrangea?

    Mulching helps fend off threatening weeds that would otherwise compete with your Ruby Slippers Oakleaf Hydrangea for water and nutrients. Add enough mulch to cover the soil but remember to be mindful not to cover any part of the stem. I highly recommend that you mulch your hydrangea with either ground hardwood or ground cypress mulch, depending on your local availability. Other types of mulch will do, but cypress or hardwood mulch will provide better overall nutrition as they breakdown.

    How do I plant my Ruby Slippers Oak Leaf Hydrangea?

    How do I plant my Ruby Slippers Oak Leaf Hydrangea?

    We suggest when planting your newly purchased Ruby Slippers Oakleaf Hydrangea plants that you dig a hole twice as wide as the root system but not deeper; the most common cause of plant death after transplanting is planting the new plant to deep. A good rule is that you should still be able to see the soil the plant was grown in after back-filling the hole.

    How do I water my Dwarf Hydrangea?

    How do I water my Dwarf Hydrangea?

    After planting your Ruby Slippers Oak leaf Hydrangea, give it a good, deep watering, taking your time to allow the water to seep into the soil. A general rule of thumb is to count to 5 for every one gallon pot size. Water using the counting method for the first few weeks. Your hydrangea will need extra water during its first season in the ground and should receive a good soaking weekly after establishment in the landscape.


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