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Leaves turn from deep green to russet-mahogany in fall.

Ruby Slippers Hydrangea

Item # 35332
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9-inch Flowerheads of Deep Red!

These gorgeous blooms start out white!
There's no place like home" when this exciting new dwarf Oakleaf Hydrangea is waiting in the garden! Developed by the National Arboretum from a hybrid of the classic Snow Queen Hydrangea (rated the best shrub for American gardens!) and the dwarf Pee Wee, Ruby Slippers offers astonishing 9-inch inflorescences packed with florets that turn from white to pale pink and finally to rich ruby-red over their long summer season.

Ruby Slippers is a magnificent year-round addition to any landscape, with large oakleaf-shaped leaves that turn from deep green to russet-mahogany in autumn, adding another season of glory to this petite shrub. (In mild climates, they remain on the shrub throughout winter.) And the blooms are ever-changing and so long-lasting, as stunning in the vase or dried as Everlastings as they are on the plant.

Ruby Slippers is easy to grow, even in the hard-packed clay soils of the south and southeast. It needs plenty of moisture -- that "Hydr-" at the beginning of its Latin name means "water"! --and appreciates a bit of shade south of zone 6, but other than that, it is quick to establish and very long-lived. This will be a landmark of your garden, treasured for decades.

Expect Ruby Slippers to reach just 3½ feet tall and to spread 5 feet wide. Perfect for the foundation, along the driveway, in the front of the shrub border, or as an accent just about anywhere, Ruby Slippers also makes a great specimen planting in smaller landscapes. So versatile, so easy, so endlessly beautiful! Highly recommended. Zones 5-6 in full sun, and through zone 8 in part shade.

Genus Hydrangea
Species quercifolia
Variety 'Ruby Slippers'
Item Form 2-Quart
Zone 5 - 8
BloomStartToEnd Early Summer - Mid Summer
Habit Dwarf
PlantHeight 3 ft 6 in
PlantWidth 5 ft
BloomSize 9 in
AdditionalCharacteristics Fall Color, Flower, Bloom First Year, Easy Care Plants, Evergreen, Fast Growing, Free Bloomer, Long Bloomers
Bloom Color Dark Red, Light Pink, White
Foliage Color Brown, Dark Green, Red
Light Requirements Full Sun, Part Shade
Moisture Requirements Moist,  well-drained
Resistance Disease Resistant, Heat Tolerant, Humidity Tolerant, Pest Resistant
Soil Tolerance Clay, Normal,  loamy
Uses Border, Cut Flowers, Fall Color, Foliage Interest, Hedge, Specimen
Restrictions Canada, Guam, Puerto Rico, Virgin Islands, Hawaii
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