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Vaughn's Lillie Hydrangea*

Hydrangea quercifolia 'Vaughn's Lillie'

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Vaughn's Lillie Hydrangea (Hydrangea quercifolia 'Vaughn's Lillie') at Squak Mountain Nursery

Vaughn's Lillie Hydrangea flowers

Vaughn's Lillie Hydrangea flowers

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Vaughn's Lillie Hydrangea (Hydrangea quercifolia 'Vaughn's Lillie') at Squak Mountain Nursery

Vaughn's Lillie Hydrangea foliage

Vaughn's Lillie Hydrangea foliage

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

Height:  4 feet

Spread:  5 feet

Sunlight:  full sun  partial shade 

Hardiness Zone:  5

Other Names:  Oak Leaf Hydrangea

Description:

Dense full heads of white flowers which fade from pure white to pink, smother this lovely plant over a long season; interesting lobed foliage with burgundy fall color, and papery bark; somewhat coarse in appearance, best used in groupings

Ornamental Features

Vaughn's Lillie Hydrangea features bold fragrant conical white flowers with pink overtones at the ends of the branches from early summer to early fall, which emerge from distinctive lime green flower buds. The flowers are excellent for cutting. It has dark green foliage which emerges grayish green in spring. The lobed leaves turn an outstanding burgundy in the fall. The fruit is not ornamentally significant. The peeling brick red bark adds an interesting dimension to the landscape.

Landscape Attributes

Vaughn's Lillie Hydrangea is a multi-stemmed deciduous shrub with an upright spreading habit of growth. Its relatively coarse texture can be used to stand it apart from other landscape plants with finer foliage.

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.

Vaughn's Lillie Hydrangea is recommended for the following landscape applications;

  • Mass Planting
  • General Garden Use
  • Container Planting

Planting & Growing

Vaughn's Lillie Hydrangea will grow to be about 4 feet tall at maturity, with a spread of 5 feet. It tends to fill out right to the ground and therefore doesn't necessarily require facer plants in front. It grows at a slow rate, and under ideal conditions can be expected to live for approximately 30 years.

This shrub does best in full sun to partial 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.

Vaughn's Lillie Hydrangea makes a fine choice for the outdoor landscape, but it is also well-suited for use in outdoor pots and containers. With its upright habit of growth, it is best suited for use as a 'thriller' in the 'spiller-thriller-filler' container combination; plant it near the center of the pot, surrounded by smaller plants and those that spill over the edges. Note that when grown in a container, it may not perform exactly as indicated on the tag - this is to be expected. Also note that when growing plants in outdoor containers and baskets, they may require more frequent waterings than they would in the yard or garden.

 

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

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

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