Ice Crystal Hydrangea
Hydrangea quercifolia 'Ice Crystal'
Ice Crystal Hydrangea flowers
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Height: 6 feet
Spread: 6 feet
Hardiness Zone: 5a
Other Names: Oakleaf Hydrangea
An excellent large garden or massing shrub featuring spikes of mixed sterile and fertile flowers in stunning white, interesting foliage with spectacular fall color and papery bark; rather coarse in appearance, best used in groupings
Ice Crystal Hydrangea features bold fragrant conical white flowers at the ends of the branches from late spring to mid summer. The flowers are excellent for cutting. It has dark green deciduous foliage which emerges grayish green in spring. The large lobed leaves turn an outstanding brick red in the fall. The peeling brick red bark adds an interesting dimension to the landscape.
Ice Crystal Hydrangea is a multi-stemmed deciduous shrub with an upright spreading habit of growth. Its strikingly bold and coarse texture can be very effective in a balanced landscape composition.
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.
Ice Crystal Hydrangea is recommended for the following landscape applications;
- Mass Planting
- General Garden Use
Planting & Growing
Ice Crystal Hydrangea will grow to be about 6 feet tall at maturity, with a spread of 6 feet. It tends to be a little leggy, with a typical clearance of 1 foot from the ground, and is suitable for planting under power lines. 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 microclimates. This is a selection of a native North American species.