Toy Soldier™ Oakleaf Hydrangea

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Small but strong, introducing the Blooming Easy® Toy Soldier™ Oakleaf Hydrangea (Hydrangea quercifolia 'Bocotoso') now at Nature Hills! With big oak-leaf-shaped foliage and airy round panicles of green and white blooms, Toy Soldier™ stands straight and sturdy.

An improved version of the hardy native, the big round-petalled white blooms form on rounded bunches of green buds that match their green foliage that's quilted with pointed lobed leaves! Then they transform into gorgeous vermillion red, maroon, or even purplish in the fall.

These improved deciduous cultivars are hardy throughout USDA growing zones 5 to 9 and grow to a nice, rounded 4-5 foot tall and wide ball of green texture! The butterflies will arrive in swarms to check out these blooms that remain on the plant from summer and into the fall! The dried blossoms even add winter interest!

Planting and Application:

Line a row of neat and tidy Toy Soldiers™ up along a fenceline or your home's foundation for a lovely and lively hedge! Space them 3-4 feet apart for a close privacy hedge, or loosen their spacing to create an informal screen that hides eyesores and blocks nosy neighbors. Sturdy enough for being their own living fence, snow-blocking barrier, or backdrop to other garden beds, you'll love the blooms and fall color this Oakleaf Hydrangea lends to the landscape!

A single flowering shrub is a mighty and colorful flowering specimen, while groupings become bird-friendly havens! Anchor a garden bed or soften the corners of a garage with these versatile and easy-to-grow sentries! Looking great without being pruned and manicured, add to mixed shrub hedges for flowers and fall color! Don't forget to snip a few blooms for your vases indoors too!

  • Airy White & Green Panicles
  • Textured Green Lobed Foliage
  • Vibrant Vermillion Red Fall Color!
  • Butterfly Friendly!
  • Hedges, Backdrops, Specimens, Accents & Anchors

#ProPlantTips For Care

Oakleaf Hydrangea handles almost all soil types, as long as they are well-drained and never sitting in water. Toy Soldier™ does fine in both full sun or part shade, favoring morning sun, In the south, it appreciates afternoon shade and in the north, it prefers protection from the coldest winds. Plant in soil that's well-drained and enriched with regular moderate moisture access. Mulch the root system 3-4 inches deep to help maintain moderate yet consistent moisture all growing season. Quercifolia Hydrangeas blooms on old growth, so prune right after it finishes blooming in late summer.

  • Full Sun & Partial Shade
  • Moist Soil & Arborist Mulch
  • Prune Oakleaf Hydrangeas After Bloom Fade
  • Any Well-Drained Soil
  • Bloom Color Isn't pH-Sensitive

Sturdy sentries with vivid fall color and bee-friendly, the Blooming Easy® Toy Soldier™ Oakleaf Hydrangea will boost your landscape on a grand scale without sacrificing space! Order yours today at!

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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To obtain a more accurate shipment time-frame, simply enter your zip code in the “Find Your Growing Zone” box to the right. Our plants are grown all over the country and lead time on items may be different because of this. Once your order is placed, you will also receive the specific shipment time-frame information as part of your order confirmation. Once an item ships, you will receive shipment notification and tracking numbers, so you can follow along while your plant travels to your doorstep. We use FedEx, UPS, or USPS at our discretion.

Due to winter weather we have put a hold on shipping to the areas shown below in grey. You can still order now and we will ship the plant to you during an appropriate time for your zone.

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Shipping Rates

At Nature Hills we handle, package and ship the products you order with the utmost care to ensure healthy delivery. Shipping and handling charges are calculated based on the tables below. Please note that some items include an additional handling surcharge, these will be noted on the item's product page.

From To S&H
0 - 19.99 24.99
20 - 49.99 29.99
50 - 69.99 34.99
70 - 99.99 39.99
100 - 129.99 44.99
130 - 149.99 48.99
150 - 150+ Approx 28%

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Toy Soldier™ Oakleaf Hydrangea Is Suited to Grow in Zones 5-9
Growing Zones 5-9
More Information
Brand Bloomin Easy
Botanical Name Hydrangea quercifolia 'Bocotoso'
Type Deciduous
Mature Height 4 - 5 feet
Mature Spread 4 - 5 feet
Sun Exposure Full Sun
Soil Well Drained Soil
Moisture Medium
Growth Rate Medium
Foliage Color Green
Fall Color Red
Pollinator Friendly Yes
Pruning Time After Flowering
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