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Gatsby Gal® Oakleaf hydrangea Hydrangea quercifolia

Flower Season
  • Summer
  • Fall
Mature Size
6' 6' 1.8m 1.8m
Height: 5' - 6'
Spread: 5' - 6'
Height: 1.5m - 1.8m
Spread: 1.5m - 1.8m
  • Details

    60 - 72 Inches
    60 - 72 Inches
    60 - 72 Inches
    1.5m - 1.8m
    1.5m - 1.8m
    1.5m - 1.8m


    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 Interest
    Fall Interest
    Native to North America


    Plant Type: 
    Shrub Type: 
    Height Category: 
    Garden Height: 
    60 - 72 Inches 1.5m - 1.8m
    60 - 72 Inches 1.5m - 1.8m
    60 - 72 Inches 1.5m - 1.8m
    Flower Colors: 
    Flower Shade: 
    will turn pinkish in fall
    Foliage Colors: 
    Foliage Shade: 
    wine-red fall color
    Container Role: 

    Plant Needs

    Light Requirement: 
    Part Sun to Sun
    Light Requirement: 

    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: 
    Blooms On: 
    Old Wood
    Bloom Time: 
    Early Summer
    Bloom Time: 
    Mid Summer
    Bloom Time: 
    Late Summer
    Hardiness Zones: 
    5a, 5b, 6a, 6b, 7a, 7b, 8a, 8b, 9a, 9b
    Water Category: 
    Uses Notes: 


    Maintenance 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
  • 5 Reviews

    Browse reviews from people who have grown this plant.
    • We purchased 10 of the Gatsby Gal Hydrangeas expecting that not all of them would survive transplanting. Every single one of them died within the first season. We took special care to water and protect them. I would not recommend this particular variety.

      Colin Ahern
      , Connecticut
      , United States
      , 48 weeks ago
    • 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!

      Clark Williams
      , South Carolina
      , United States
      , 1 year 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
      , 4 years ago
    • Brenda Hill
      , Alabama
      , United States
      , 11 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
      , 11 years ago
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