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Munchkin Dwarf Oakleaf Hydrangea

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'Munchkin' Dwarf Oakleaf Hydrangea
Hydrangea quercifolia 'Munchkin'

USDA Plant Hardiness Zones: 5a-9b  Find Your Zone >  

Note: For our customers who live and garden north of USDA Cold Hardiness Zone 5a, where this Hydrangea is not reliably winter hardy, you'll be happy to know that it can be grown in containers that can be brought indoors during winter and place back outside when temperatures warm up in spring.

Special Attributes

Released by the U.S. National Arboretum, 'Munchkin' is a handsome dwarf oakleaf hydrangea cultivar featuring 6-inch long flower clusters that start out white and fade to pink and then red as they age. Another outstanding feature is the handsome dark green foliage which turns mahogany in fall. The plant is considerably smaller than other dwarfs on the market, including both Pee Wee and Sikes Dwarf . ( Munchkin is a seedling of Sikes Dwarf .) The Arboretum reports that plants are 3 feet tall and spread to 4.5 feet at 9 years of age.

Landscape & Garden Uses

Growing in a mound to only 3-3.5 feet tall and 5-5.5 feet wide, Munchkin Dwarf Oakleaf Hydrangea is an excellent selection for smaller garden spaces where larger oakleaf hydrangeas won't fit. Pee Wee is ideal for use as an accent or specimen, in groupings or mass plantings, or as a low, natural hedge in landscape and flowering shrub borders or home foundation plantings. Its smaller size makes it perfect for use in pots, planters and other containers of 14 inches or more in rim diameter. Right at home in the partially sunny woodland border or cottage and cut flower gardens. Also a nice addition to white color themed gardens and tropical-look gardens.

Suggested Spacing:  3' for hedge;  8' or more for space between plants

Cultural Preferences

Munchkin Dwarf Oakleaf Hydrangea is very easy to grow in most any moist but well-drained, soil with average fertility and full sun to part shade in northern zones where it will grow and shade to part shade (morning sun with afternoon shade or filtered sun) in southern zones. It prefers a soil rich in organic matter. For best flowering, we suggest 6 hours of direct sun light per day. As with so many other ornamental plants, a constantly soggy or wet soil is problematic. Highly resistant to pests and diseases.

Note:  Munchkin Dwarf is a Hydrangea quercifolia (oakleaf) species that produces its flowers from buds that formed on "old wood" (during the previous year). Oakleaf hydrangeas typically require little to no pruning. They are best left alone. That said they can be pruned to remove a stray branch or to reduce size. 

For proper pruning time and techniques on various types of Hydrangea see:  How To Prune Various Types Of Hydrangea 

Helpful Articles

Click on a link below to get helpful advice from our experts on how to plant and care for Oakleaf Hydrangeas.

Plant Details

USDA Plant Hardiness Zones: 5a-9b  Find Your Zone >  
Plant Type:  Deciduous Flowering Shrub
Height at Maturity:  3-3.5'
Width at Maturity: 5-5.5'
Growth Habit / Form:  Dense, Mounding, Rounded
Flower Color:  White fading to spink and then red
Flower Size:  Large - up to 6-8" inches long
Flowering Period:  Summer, Fall
Flower Type:  Single clusters
Fragrant Flowers:  No
Foliage Color:  Green shades to Mahogany in Fall
Fragrant Foliage:  No
Berries:  NA
Berry Color:  NA
Sun Needs:  Sun or Part Shade (morning sun with afternoon shade or all day filtered sun in the South)
Water Needs:  Average
Soil Type:  Clay (amended), Loam, Sand (amended), Silt 
Soil Moisture / Drainage:  Well Drained Moist
Soil pH:  5.5 - 7.5 (Acid to Slightly Alkaline)
Maintenance / Care:  Very Low
Attracts:  Visual Attention
Resistances:  Disease, Heat, Humidity, Insect

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