Hydrangea quercifolia 'Sikes Dwarf' flowers
(Photo courtesy of Bailey Nurseries)
Height: 4 feet
Spread: 4 feet
Hardiness Zone: 5a
Other Names: Oak Leaf Hydrangea
Unique oakleaf foliage and showy, upright, white flower spikes really make this shrub stand out; a more compact form; reliable fall color and papery bark; requires good drainage and is somewhat drought tolerant
Sikes Dwarf Hydrangea features bold fragrant conical white flowers with pink overtones at the ends of the branches from early to mid summer. The flowers are excellent for cutting. It has dark green foliage which emerges grayish green in spring. The large fuzzy lobed leaves turn an outstanding burgundy in the fall. The fruit is not ornamentally significant. The peeling brick red bark adds an interesting dimension to the landscape.
Sikes Dwarf Hydrangea is a multi-stemmed deciduous shrub with an upright spreading habit of growth. Its relatively coarse texture can be used to stand it apart from other landscape plants with finer foliage.
This is a relatively low maintenance shrub, and is best pruned in late winter once the threat of extreme cold has passed. It has no significant negative characteristics.
Sikes Dwarf Hydrangea is recommended for the following landscape applications;
- General Garden Use
- Mass Planting
- Container Planting
Sikes Dwarf Hydrangea will grow to be about 4 feet tall at maturity, with a spread of 4 feet. It has a low canopy. It grows at a slow rate, and under ideal conditions can be expected to live for approximately 30 years.
This shrub performs well in both full sun and full shade. It prefers to grow in average to moist conditions, and shouldn't be allowed to dry out. It is not particular as to soil type or pH. It is somewhat tolerant of urban pollution, and will benefit from being planted in a relatively sheltered location. Consider applying a thick mulch around the root zone in winter to protect it in exposed locations or colder zones.
This is a selection of a native North American species.