I love the pictures of this hydrangea, but I've had a hard time getting it established - very common for Oakleaf Hydrangeas in general, but this cultivar I have now lost 4 out of 6. This issue is root rot. Here in northern SC our soils are a heavy (much more heavy than the midwest) clay soil. After amending the soil, and amending again, and again, I have gotten two to take fairly well! Not ready to give up on this cultivar yet! Still I now have to replace this cultivar yet again for the most recent one that has died. I plan on making this my last ditch effort before I go to another cultivar that does better in the southeast (there are a few). While establishment is tricky with this species, I think this cultivar is a little worse than others if you live in the south. If you aren't totally in love with the Gatsby series, I wouldn't purchase this one unless you have a true woodsy hummus soil or else a sandy soil. This species is native to the sandy soil forests in Alabama. So in breeding this down to a smaller size, I think proven winners has sacrificed some of the plant's vigor and root rot resistance. Be warned if you have a humid climate and heavy soils!
Gatsby Gal® Oakleaf hydrangea Hydrangea quercifolia
Compact plant with lots of flowers!
A little smaller than other oakleaf hydrangeas, but with impressively large flowers, and lots of them. Full panicles of pure white blooms are held upright above the foliage. The flowers are quite large relative to the plant's compact size and make this plant a great choice for smaller gardens. The blooms are not affected by soil pH.Foliage InterestFall InterestNative to North America
CharacteristicsPlant Type:ShrubShrub Type:DeciduousHeight Category:MediumGarden Height:60 - 72 InchesSpacing:60 - 72 InchesSpread:60 - 72 InchesFlower Colors:WhiteFlower Shade:will turn pinkish in fallFoliage Colors:GreenFoliage Shade:wine-red fall colorHabit:MoundedContainer Role:Thriller
Plant NeedsLight Requirement:Part Sun to SunLight Requirement:Sun
The optimum amount of sun or shade each plant needs to thrive: Full Sun (6+ hours), Part Sun (4-6 hours), Full Shade (up to 4 hours).Maintenance Category:EasyBlooms On:Old WoodBloom Time:Early SummerBloom Time:Mid SummerBloom Time:Late SummerHardiness Zones:5a, 5b, 6a, 6b, 7a, 7b, 8a, 8b, 9a, 9bWater Category:AverageUses:LandscapeUses Notes:
Best in moist, well-drained soil. May need winter protection in the North.Gatsby Gal® Hydrangea quercifolia 'Brenhill' USPP 25,106, Can 5,304
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Clark Williams, South Carolina, United States, 46 weeks ago
Although I recently relocated to Arizona, I grew this hydrangea along with Gatsby Star in suburban Chicago for 6 years. I originally bought them to plant in memory of my dog, whose name was Lady Gatzby. They were not yet available at my local nursery so I ordered directly from PW. There were some difficult times getting them through their first winter, but once they took hold they became perennial performers in my yard. Now I just wish they grew in zone 9!Barb Z, Arizona, United States, 3 years ago
Brenda Hill, Alabama, United States, 10 years ago
Full of very large flowers that last a long time and then turn a rusty shade that goes well with the fall foliage color. Love this plant and it is by my garage so it has plenty of room to spread.Sue Snuggs, Florida, United States, 10 years ago