Hydrangea quercifolia 'Munchin' (NA 73936; Pl 658494)
Perfectly named. Everything about this oakleaf is very strong, very small and very adorable. The smallest of the two selections released by Dr. Sandra Reed at the U.S. National Arboretum’s breeding program in McMinnville, Tennessee, Munchkin—after nine years in the field—is only 3 feet tall and 4.5 feet wide. A product of open pollination with Sike’s Dwarf, this small plant is absolutely covered with 6.5 inch tall blooms that are held upright, starting out white, and gradually blushing to a medium pink color. A very dense, compact shrub guaranteed to provide delight in the garden. Straight from Munchkinland.
Hydrangea quercifolia 'Ruby Slippers' (NA 74836; Pl 658493)
Dr. Sandy Reed at the U.S. National Arboretum shrub breeding program does it again! Ruby Slippers is a cross between the industry standard ‘Snow Queen’, and ‘Pee Wee’. Slightly bigger than Munchkin, it sizes up at 3.5 feet tall with a spread of 5 feet. Perhaps Ruby Slipper’s most stunning attribute is the 9-inch long blooms that open up white and then quickly blush a pale pink and soon turn a deep, deep rose color. The blooms hold strongly upright even in rainy, windy weather. A beautifully compact, colorful addition to the landscape. And look out for the flying monkeys.
An award-winning selection from Princeton Nurseries providing beauty and interest in all seasons. Large pure white flower trusses are conical in shape and remain upright even in heavy rains, turning pink when fully mature. Dark green oak-like foliage turns red-purple in fall, leaving behind peeling bark and attractive orange buds in winter. Grows to a height of five to six feet and is winter hardy.