'Ruby Slippers' Oakleaf Hydrangea - a great native, compact flowering shrub!
|Ruby Slippers Oakleaf Hydrangea - photo by Sandra Reed|
So you want to plant a native shrub that tolerates half shade
(shade in afternoon),
has big blooms in the summer
and has great Fall color?
Oh yeah, and it should be compact, fairly minimum maintenance
and grow to -20 degrees F. And it should be reddish/pink.
'RUBY SLIPPERS' OAKLEAF HYDRANGEA
is the answer.
|Monrovia - Ruby Slippers close up|
Its 9" long flower clusters start out white, then gradually change to pink and then red, growing above the beautiful oakleaf foliage, which also turns an amazing mahogany red in the fall.
It grows to just 3 1/2 ft. by about 5 feet wide. Zones 5-9.
Developed by the U.S. National Arboretum in McMinnville, TN in 2010,
the compact Ruby Slippers is a cross between Snow Queen and PeeWee hydrangea.
It does not grow higher than 4 feet.
It is perfect for small residential gardens (such as mine).
It also does well in planters and containers - perfect for balconies and decks! And if you have a larger area, you can use them in a mass planting, as a striking hedge and in mixed borders.
Blossoms remain upright even after heavy rains and strong winds. The same is true for the glorious leaves.
Just make sure to mulch to retain soil moisture and help keep the roots cool.
Winter interest? It has lovely cinnamon exfoliating bark which is beautiful.
Ruby Slippers is spectacular anywhere it's planted.