Ruby Slippers Hydrangea

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Ruby Blooms & Fiery Fall Color Ruby Slippers Hydrangea

  • Huge Panicle Blooms!
  • White Blooms Turn Pink Then Deep Rose
  • Wonderful Cut Flower
  • Lovely Fall Color
  • Oak Leaf-Like Foliage
  • Cold and Heat Hardy
  • Wildlife Interest
  • Great Dried Decor
  • Loves Moisture!
  • Strong Stems
  • Full Sun to Part Shade

Click your heels together and wish for a landscape plant that truly makes no place like home!

Ruby Slippers Hydrangea is the perfect dwarf, Munchkin of a shrub that will help transform your landscape into something magical! With loads of color, Ruby Slippers (Hydrangea quercifolia 'Ruby Slippers') is an Oakleaf Hydrangea. Small and compact, deciduous boasting impressive summer flowers and fall color.

Introduced in 2010 by the U. S. National Arboretum, Ruby Slippers has been providing gardens with a wow factor ever since!

The dark green, deeply-lobed leaves are reminiscent of Oak leaves and create a nicely-rounded, vibrant shrub all summer long. Those same leaves transform into a spicy, mahogany red in the fall for a last burst of color.

In the summer, long 9-inch spikes of clustered white blossoms will reach high above the foliage, slowly maturing from pale pink, to hot pink, and eventually resemble the dark "ruby slippers" for which your shrub is named.

Ruby Slippers has a compact, dense nature that makes them useful for smaller spaces, but the elongated nature of the flower spikes ensures that it's eye-catching in almost any garden location. Prolific flower buds are wonderful at attracting pollinators and butterflies alike.

Standing bolt upright from the shrub, the tall, conical-shaped, showy flowers begin in late spring and last through winter if you do not prune them off. The exfoliating bark has remarkable texture and color for winter interest. These robust blooms and sturdy stems remain strong, even after storms and heavy rains.

These massive blossoms are also perfectly suited for cut flower arrangements and bouquets. Once dried, they also are often used to create lovely home decor!

How to Use Ruby Slippers Hydrangea In The Landscape

An upright shrub that naturally suckers, this multi-stemmed dwarf shrub can reach 3-4' tall. It is native from Georgia to Florida to Louisiana in moist woods and along stream banks.

The compactness of Ruby Slippers makes it perfect as a spectacular specimen or accent plant and really bumps up the curb appeal when used as foundation plantings. An eye-catching patio plant, these gorgeous blooms and foliage, combined with lush colors and bark texture, make Ruby Slippers a great, four-season shrub for any place in the landscape!

When grouped or when planted en mass, these great characteristics are amplified big time! Amazingly brilliant as a mixed-shrub garden addition or as a colorful, privacy border or informal hedge! Cutting gardens and English borders become more magical with the incorporation of a Ruby Slippers Hydrangea!

Their smaller, compact size, makes them wonderful for smaller urban gardens and areas without lots of space for a large shrub! One of these beauties is all you need since they pack in all those wonderful accents! This smaller size also makes them perfect for container plants and use in planters!

Their lovely form and shade tolerance make them ideal in open woodland areas and along shadier tree lines. These would make an outstanding shrub hedge along a property line for the amazing summer color in your yard. Hydrangeas are always spectacular and your Ruby Slippers is no exception!

#ProPlantTips For Care

Ruby Slippers is a dwarf shrub that is very easy to care for and very low maintenance! Being a North American Native plant, you know they're also hardy and tough plants as well!

Fast-growing, you'll have that colorful impact on your landscape in no time and you'll reap the benefits of all of Ruby Slippers' unique features.

Hydrangeas tolerate acidic soil, and really any soil type, just as long as it is well-draining and has ample access to water. Doing their very best in organically rich, medium moisture locations that are watered regularly, especially during the heat of summer. A generous layer of mulch helps retain soil moisture as well as insulate the root system from heat and chill.

Ruby Slippers thrives in both full sun to partial shade. As always, the more sun you give it, the better the color! Plants should be given a sheltered location and winter protection in USDA zone 5, particularly when not fully established. Hydrangea that are grown in warmer climates will appreciate some afternoon shade.

This Hydrangea doesn't require pruning but is amenable to it if you choose to do a little shaping. Blooming on old wood, so prune if needed immediately after flowering. Winter-damaged stems may be pruned in early spring before you see new leaves emerge. This is also the best time to fertilize with a blooming plant fertilizer or one geared towards acid-loving Hydrangeas.

Your Ruby Slippers Hydrangea is not only a beautiful and sturdy Hydrangea but easy to care for and everything your heart desires as well! Order your own magical Ruby Slippers Hydrangea from Nature Hills Nursery today and create your own marvelous home like no other!

Buying Options for Plants

Nature Hills sells a large variety of plants with several options available. Plants are offered in both potted containers and as dormant bare root without soil. Here is a helpful resource to understand your options as you create a beautiful landscape with help from Nature Hills.

Ever wonder what a larger plant will mean for your landscape? Container Sizes are really all about the age of the plant!

Seasonally, Nature Hills offers hand selected, high quality bare root trees, shrubs and perennials. Bare root plants are sold by height from the top of the root system to the top of the plant. Plants may be taller than the height minimums.

  • Popular sizes of select trees are 1 foot, 2 feet, 3 feet, etc.
  • Popular sizes of select bare root plants is 1 foot, 18 inches, etc.

Nature Hills Container Size by Volume

Keep in mind, specific varieties and different growing conditions can affect the rate at which plants grow. Variations in size may occur.

Young Plants to 18 Months
Size Volume
2"x2"x3" Ranges from .18 to .21 dry quarts / .198 to .23 dry liters in volume
4.5" Container Equal to .65 dry quart / .72 dry liter in volume
Sprinter Pot Equal to .63 dry quart / .69 dry liter in volume
4" Container Ranges from .31 to .87 / .35 to .96 dry liter in volume
6" Container Equal to 1.4 dry quarts / 1.59 dry liters in volume
1 Quart Equal to 1 dry quart / 1.1 dry liter in volume
5.5" Container Equal to 1.89 of a dry quart / 2.08 dry liters in volume
4"x4"x5" Ranges from .8 to 1.1 dry quarts / .88 to 1.2 dry liters in volume
4"x4"x6" Ranges from 1.0 to 1.3 dry quarts / 1.1 to 1.41 dry liters in volume
4"x4"x9" Ranges from 1.1 to 2.1 dry quarts / 1.2 to 2.3 dry liters in volume
4"x4"x10" Ranges from 1.7 to 2.3 dry quart / 1.87 to 2.53 dry liters in volume
Plants 18 Months - 2.5 Years Old
Size Volume
2 Quart Equal to 2 dry quarts / 2.2 dry liters in volume
#1 Container Ranges from 2.26 to 3.73 dry quarts / 2.49 to 4.11 dry liters in volume
5"x5"x12" Equal to 3.5 to 4.3 dry quarts / 3.85 to 4.74 dry liters in volume
Plants 2 - 4 Years Old
Size Volume
#2 Container Ranges from 1.19 to 1.76 dry gallons / 5.24 to 7.75 dry liters in volume
#3 Container Ranges from 2.32 to 2.76 dry gallons / 10.22 to 12.16 dry liters in volume
Plants 3 - 5 Years Old
Size Volume
#5 Container Ranges from 2.92 to 4.62 dry gallons / 12.86 to 20.35 dry liters in volume
#6 Container Ranges from 5.25 to 6.01 dry gallons / 23.12 to 26.42 dry liters in volume
#7 Container Ranges from 5.98 to 6.08 dry gallons / 26.34 to 26.78 dry liters in volume

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Ruby Slippers Hydrangea Is Suited to Grow in Zones 5-9
Growing Zones 5-9
More Information
Brand Plants That Work
Botanical Name Hydrangea quercifolia 'Ruby Slippers'
Type Deciduous
Mature Height 3 - 4 feet
Mature Spread 3 - 5 feet
Sun Exposure Full Sun
Soil Well Drained
Moisture Moderate
Growth Rate Medium
Foliage Color Green
Fall Color Red
Pollinator Friendly Yes
Pruning Time After Flowering
Fragrant No