Thrives in rich, porous, somewhat moist soils. It prefers full sun in the morning, with some afternoon shade; however, many will grow and bloom in partial shade.
The showy double flowers of Snowflake are the most distinctive of any of the oakleaf hydrangea. Each individual flower continues to grow from the center, producing new bracts on top of the older ones which turn pink. Hence the flowers look to be double. The 15″ panicles thus always have fresh flowers and an interesting two color effect as the older bracts age.
This Hydrangea was found by Eddie Aldridge and his father while on one of their field trips in Jefferson County, Alabama, or hrbridized by the Aldridges. Either way it appears certain that this plant came from their busainess Snowflake Nursery.
Although I have not experienced this, I have read reports that some growers are selling a single Oakleaf that they are calling ‘Snowflake.’ In addition, hydrangeas are difficult to keep straight, even by the nurseries, when they are not blooming. If possible, purchase this hydrangea (or any hydrangea, for that matter) while it is in bloom.
From specialist nurseries.