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Native & Fragrant — White Blooms Attract Pollinators
Alice Oakleaf Hydrangea shrub is a show-stopper! She is a large hydrangea shrub that produces enormous white blooms in the shape of a cone. The cone-shaped blooms are made up of many tiny white blooms, but from a distance, it appears to be one huge flower. The blooms are fragrant and the sweet fragrance attracts a wide array of pollinators.
Alice is in the Oakleaf hydrangea varieties. The shrub leaves are large and lobed and are shaped like the leaves of an oak tree (hence the name). The cone-shaped blooms and shrub leaves are about the same size, giving this hydrangea a very balanced appearance.
Oakleaf Hydrangea 'Alice' provides 4 seasons of interest. The huge conical-shaped blooms appear in late spring just after the leaf buds swell and open. The blooms are white at first, then change to pink during the summer. The heavy blooms droop over to create several layers of white blooms interspersed with layers of dark green leaves. The blooms make long-lasting cut flowers.
The blooms can be left on the hydrangea to dry and provide a dark pinkish-brown dry bloom color on the shrub during the winter after the leaves have fallen off.
Hydrangea Alice will put on a colorful display of fall foliage at the end of summer. After the leaf drop, papery-looking coarse branches will be revealed to add interest to the winter landscape. The combination of dried hydrangea blooms and interesting shrub bark makes a good view of the winter landscape.
Alice Oakleaf Hydrangea Landscape Uses
The large, upright growth habit of Oak leaf hydrangea Alice makes it an ideal shrub to use as a living privacy fence. The hydrangea is also good to use as a specimen plant, in a pollinator garden, or in a shade garden. Ideal for use as a foundation plant, in a grouping, or along the edge of woodlands. The Alice hydrangea is native to the southern part of the United States (Georgia, Louisiana, and Florida) and will thrive in hot, humid weather and moist soil.
Alice can be grown in a container but won’t be as happy as it would be planted directly in the ground. Use a large container and expect slow growth.
Alice Hydrangea Care
Hardy in USDA growing zones 5-9. Plant Alice oak leaf hydrangea in a sheltered location that will protect it from winter wind and heavy rain or snowfall. Apply a fresh layer of mulch around the shrub before the soil freezes in winter to protect the roots when growing in a cold climate.
Oakleaf Alice hydrangeas prefer morning sun with shade during the afternoon but will grow in full sun.
This hydrangea quercifolia Alice shrub needs plenty of water to thrive. keep the soil moist and add a 2-inch layer of mulch to help the soil stay cool.
Alice Hydrangea Size
The mature height and width will be 5 feet tall and equally as wide. This shrub averages growing 1-2 feet per year and has a moderate growth rate.
Alice needs well-draining, slightly acidic soil.
Pruning is only needed to remove dead wood or to keep the shrub tidy. It blooms on old wood so if you want to prune the shrub, do so immediately after it is done blooming and the blooms begin to fade.
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Sunlight Full Sun / Partial Shade
Mature Width 5 ft
Mature Height 5 ft
Growing Zones 5, 6, 7, 8, 9