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Ice Crystal Hydrangea*

Hydrangea quercifolia 'Ice Crystal'

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Ice Crystal Hydrangea (Hydrangea quercifolia 'Ice Crystal') at Alsip Home and Nursery

Ice Crystal Hydrangea flowers

Ice Crystal Hydrangea flowers

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* This is a "special order" plant - contact store for details

Height:  6 feet

Spread:  6 feet

Sunlight:  full sun  partial shade  full shade 

Hardiness Zone:  5

Other Names:  Oakleaf Hydrangea

Description:

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

Ornamental Features

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 foliage which emerges grayish green in spring. The large lobed leaves turn an outstanding brick red in the fall. The fruit is not ornamentally significant. The peeling brick red bark adds an interesting dimension to the landscape.

Landscape Attributes

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;

  • Accent
  • 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.

 

* This is a "special order" plant - contact store for details

 
 
Hardiness Zone Plant Height Minimum Sunlight
Characteristics
Accent  Massing  Garden 
Applications
Flowers  Fall Color  Texture  Bark  Winter Value 
Ornamental Features