Munchkin oakleaf hydrangea

Munchkin Oakleaf Hydrangea

Scientific Name
Hydrangea quercifolia ‘Munchkin’
Endangered Status
Number of Recorded Individuals at the Zoo

Munchkin oakleaf hydrangea, a selection of a species native to the Southeastern United States, has exfoliating stems decorated with dark green, oak-shaped leaves that turn mahogany in the fall. The dwarf cultivar’s white conical flower bloom in early summer on the previous year’s wood and turn pink with age. In the fall, the flowers dry and persist on the plant until spring. This hydrangea cultivar prefers rich, moist, well-drained soil in full sun to partial shade and can be grown individually or in a group as an accent planting.

Native Range
From cultivation; species native to southeastern United States
USDA Hardiness Zone
Average Mature Height
3 feet
Flower Color
White and then pink
Flowering Months

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Join fellow nature lovers for a free, guided tour of Lincoln Park Zoo’s diverse plant life and ecosystems. During each tour, a zoo horticulturist will point out interesting species in bloom, answer questions from guests, and discuss the horticulture program’s past, present, and future.

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In 2019, Lincoln Park Zoo earned Level II arboretum accreditation in recognition of the Horticulture staff’s ongoing effort to identify, label, and monitor the more than 330 species of trees, shrubs, and woody plants represented across the 49-acre park.