Hydrangea quercifolia ‘Ruby Slippers’

('Ruby Slippers' Oakleaf, Hydrangea)

Size Price
3-GALLON $39.99
1-GALLON $17.99
2-GALLON $34.99

Hardiness Zones:

 5a  5b  6a  6b  7a  7b  8a  8b  9a  9b

Quick Overview:

‘Ruby Slippers’ (cross between oak leaf hydrangea cultivars ‘Snow Queen’ and ‘Pee Wee’) is a compact form that matures to only 3-4′ tall and to 3-5′ wide, and is noted for its compact size, large upright flower panicles, ruby red mature flowers (hence the cultivar name), mahogany red fall foliage color and exfoliating bark. Upright, elongated, conical flower panicles (to 9″ long) of showy, mostly sterile, flowers begin bloom in late spring. Flowers emerge white, but quickly turn pink before finally maturing to ruby red. Distinctive, deeply-lobed, somewhat coarse, deep green, oak-like leaves (to 5″ long) turn attractive shades of mahagony-red in autumn. Mature stems exfoliate to reveal a rich brown inner bark which is attractive in winter. ‘Ruby Slippers’ was introduced into commerce in 2010 by the U. S. National Arboretum. Best foliage of the H. quercifolias.  (Courtesy of Missouri Botanical Garden Plant Finder)



Hydrangea quercifolia, commonly called oak leaf hydrangea, is an upright, broad-rounded, suckering, deciduous shrub that typically grows 4-6′ (less frequently to 8′) tall. It is native to bluffs, moist woods, ravines and stream banks from Georgia to Florida to Louisiana. It is noted for producing pyramidal panicles of white flowers in summer on exfoliating branches clad with large, 3-7 lobed, oak-like, dark green leaves. Easily grown in organically rich, medium moisture, well-drained soils in full sun to part shade. Thrives in moist soils, and appreciates a summer mulch which helps retain soil moisture. Bloom occurs on old wood. Prune if needed immediately after flowering (little pruning is usually needed however). Winter damaged stems may be pruned in early spring. (Courtesy of Missouri Botanical Garden Plant Finder)

Additional information

Common Name

'Ruby Slippers' Oakleaf, Hydrangea

Botanical Name

Hydrangea quercifolia 'Ruby Slippers'

Evergreen or Deciduous


Hardiness Zone

5a, 5b, 6a, 6b, 7a, 7b, 8a, 8b, 9a, 9b

Growth Rate


Light Requirements

Part-shade, Part-sun, Sun


to 4 ft.


to 5 ft.

Soil Condition


Water Needs


Blooming Period

June to August

Flower Color

White turning red



Foliage Color


Deer Resistant


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