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Ruby Slippers Hydrangea

'Ruby Slippers' Hydrangea

9-inch Flowerheads of Deep Red

Item # 35332
Ships in Fall at the proper planting time for your zone. View Schedule.
"There's no place like home" when this exciting new dwarf 'Ruby Slippers' 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' Hydrangea 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' Hydrangea 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.