Oakleaf Hydrangea 'Alice' (H. quercifolia)
The most durable oakleaf on the market. A selection by Dr. Michael Dirr from a plant on the University of Georgia campus it has proven to be trouble free. Give it room as the original plant is 12 feet high and as wide. BIG! And ROBUST! It produces very large, slightly fragrant, creamy-white blooms in early summer that age to a fine rose color as the summer proceeds. Prefers a bit of shade in the South but will do as well if pushed in some sun.
As with any royalty, Oak Leaf Hydrangea requires some devotion. Planting must be perfect. In our clay we plant high (3" of roots above ground level) incorporate Pine Bark mulch into the clay, dig a shallow wide hole, and mulch with pure compost or manure and 1/4 c. blood meal and 1/8 c. 14-7-7 or 12-6-6. Then add 1" of Hardwood Mulch to finish.
Water each week the first year or plant in rainy season (Nov.). For sandy soil, plant deeper, (1" above grade), amend soil with manure or compost only and fertilizer and hardwood mulch as above. Acidify alkaline soil.
Cannot ship to California or Hawaii, ships with soil