'Munchkin' is a seedling of the popular Oakleaf Hydrangea 'Sikes Dwarf.' But whereas that shrub tends to be rounded and to grow as tall as it is wide, 'Munchkin' remains a bit shorter at just 3 feet, then spreads a bit wider (to 4½ feet). This makes it more well-suited to use as a hedge, along the foundation, or in a large planting. And once you see this shrub, you will want a very large planting, we assure you!
The second advantage 'Munchkin' has is it ability to bounce back after rough rain and wind. The bloomwands are very large and heavy, yet they point up and out even after a good summer storm. More petals stay on the inflorescences, and the shrub looks unruffled by its adventure. If you live a climate where late-afternoon thunderstorms are a constant feature of summer, this makes a big difference in your landscape!
Very dense, 'Munchkin' offers a good foliage show that keeps the shrub attractive out of bloom. The fall foliage is brilliant. And though it is deciduous, the peeling brown bark keeps it interesting even in winter. Not many shrubs of this size can boast so much varied and long-season appeal!
If you admire the classic full-sized Oakleaf Hydrangeas such as 'Snow Queen,' you will appreciate having all of its magnificent beauty in a more manageable garden size! Find a very special place for 'Munchkin,' and begin enjoying decades of garden glory from this exciting newcomer. Zones 5-8.