Newspaper article St Louis Post-Dispatch (MO)

No Need to Prune Oakleaf Hydrangea If You Planted It Correctly

Newspaper article St Louis Post-Dispatch (MO)

No Need to Prune Oakleaf Hydrangea If You Planted It Correctly

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Q - I have two oak leaf hydrangeas. When and how do I prune these? Do they need any extra winter protection or food?

A - Prune oakleaf hydrangeas (Hydrangea quercifolia) as little as possible. When planting them, be sure to provide enough space to allow them to spread to their normal mature dimensions. Mature size varies with cultivar, but generally, they grow about 4 to 6 feet in height with a wider spread. Handled in this fashion, the only pruning they'll likely need is to remove dead wood if and when it occurs.

On occasion, isolated stems may wilt and die back suddenly during the growing season, and these can be pruned off at ground level. New shoots arise readily from the suckering roots. Otherwise, just snip off the spent flower heads if you find them untidy, making the pruning cut right at the base of the flower stalk, taking care not to injure nearby dormant buds. …

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