Ruby Slippers Hydrangea
Ruby Slippers Hydrangea is a great plant that can fit well in many different areas of your landscape. It is a smaller sized hydrangea, allowing it to be placed in locations where other ones may not fit. It can be used as a short hedge, as a border plant, or even in a larger size container. The branches grow in a generally upright fashion and the plant has a rounded shape. The foliage grows densely, giving the shrub a nice, full appearance. The leaves are very oak-like in appearance and up to 5 inches long. They are deeply lobed with a rough texture. The leaves have a dark green color in the growing season, turning to beautiful shades of red and mahogany in the fall. The flowers form in huge, 9 inch long cone shaped clusters. The flowers emerge white, transitioning to light pink before turning beautiful ruby red colors. The flowers bloom largely in June and July. The mature stems exfoliate their bark, creating wonderful winter interest.
Hydrangea quercifolia ‘Ruby Slippers’ grows to a height of 3 to 4 feet, with a spread of 3 to 5 feet. It is recommended for climate zones 5 to 9. The plants can take damage when temperatures drop below -10 degrees, potentially creating the need to protect the plants in the northern climates. It can grow in full to partial sun. Ruby Slippers grows best in rich, well drained soils with moderate amounts of moisture. The plant does not have any serious disease or pest issues, taking occasional damage from leaf blight or powdery mildew.
Care & Shipping Notes
NOT AVAILABLE FOR SALE IN THESE US STATES AND TERRITORIES: AK, HI, GM, PR, VI. Also, WE NO LONGER SHIP TO CALIFORNIA due to Department of Ag restrictions on live plants.