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Gatsby Star® Hydrangea

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  • USDA Hardiness Zones 5a - 9b
  • Height 6 - 8 Feet Tall
  • Spread 6 - 8 Feet Wide

The Proven Winners ColorChoice® Gatsby Star® Oakleaf Hydrangea is perfect for anyone looking for something truly unique! The panicle hydrangea blooms are covered in tiny star-shaped petals. These large blooms are white all season long. The foliage has green oak-tree-shaped leaves in spring and summer that turn burgundy in the fall, giving 3 season interest for this shrub!

We really like how these look as a statement shrub in a garden, or in a woodland themed garden. For something not typically found anywhere, consider these in mass-plantings in commercial areas to draw attention and encourage people to remember the landscaping area!

Gatsby Star Hydrangea Care

Oakleaf hydrangeas should be planted in well-drained soil. These shrubs do require regular water, especially until they are established. These do best in areas with morning sun and afternoon shade to help protect against the sweltering heat on summer days. Even more important to provide some afternoon relief in southern states. In northern states with harsh winters, you should provide extra protection to the branches and roots, because this shrub blooms on old wood. We recommend adding mulch to help retain moisture and help protect the roots too.

Prune Gatsby Star Hydrangeas in mid-summer after the shrub has first bloomed. This will ensure you don’t cut off the flower buds for this year, or remove next year’s flowers as well.

Fertilize these shrubs in spring, after the plant has had over a year to get established after planting. Use slow release fertilizer designed for trees and woody shrubs.

Gatsby Star Hydrangea Spacing

The Gatsby Star hydrangea should be planted 8 feet apart, center on center. For a colorful privacy hedge that is native and has 3 seasons of interest, you should plant 5 to 6 feet apart, center on center. These shrubs require extra large planters to be able to handle the size the shrub will eventually grow.

Hydrangea quercifolia 'Doughill' Plant Facts

USDA Hardiness Zones: 5-9
Flower Color(s): White
Bloom Period: Summer
Foliage Color(s): Green, Burgundy
Exposure: Partial Sun to Full Sun
Height: 6-8 Feet
Spread: 6-8 Feet
Spacing: 6-8 Feet
Habit: Mounded
Blooms On: Old Wood
Watering: Average
Shrub Type: Deciduous
Type: Oakleaf Hydrangea
Scientific Name: Hydrangea quercifolia 'Doughill' USPP 25,412
Common Name: Gatsby Star® Hydrangea
Brand: Proven Winners ColorChoice®

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Plant Addict Guarantee (Included On All Plant Orders)

Plant Addicts guarantees your plant(s) will arrive happy and healthy, but the plant(s) are being shipped through the mail and accidents happen. If the plant is dead, has dried out roots or the incorrect item was shipped just notify Plant Addicts within 3 days upon delivery. We may ask for pictures but will try to make it as easy as possible for you. Please note plant(s) with damaged branches or wilted leaves will not qualify for this guarantee. Plants are very resilient and will rebound quickly when cared for correctly.

For information on how to care for you new plant please check out our guide. Guide: How to Care for Your New Plant(s)

Plant Addicts Warranty - 1 Year (Extra Purchase Required)

We encourage all plant lovers to purchase the Plant Addicts Warranty whether you’re new or an expert. There are many variables outside our control and yours that can cause the demise of your plant(s). Examples would be hungry animals, drought, poor soil conditions, over watering, disease, insects & many other factors. The Plant Addicts Warranty is a 1 year warranty protecting you from all the unknowns and will replace your plant if it moves on to the plant afterlife.

The warranty is purchased on a per plant basis and must be purchased at the same time as the plant purchase. We will cover 100% of the price of the plant but the warranty does not cover shipping cost. Simply let us know if your plant has died within one year of receiving it and we’ll get you a new one shipped out. We may ask for photos for documentation purposes but again we’ll try to make it as easy as possible.

For more information, please go to our Shipping & Returns page at the bottom of the website.

Guide: How to Care for Your New Plant(s)

Planter Shipping

Standard Colors: 2-3 business days

Special Order Colors: 8 weeks - this is due to the planter being custom made with the color(s) of your choice

Please Note: On special orders there can not be any cancellations

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Summer Shipping

  • If there is extreme heat we’ll delay shipping.  
    • We’ll have to review what areas the plants are traveling through along with your location

Once your plant is shipped you’ll receive an email with tracking information. Depending on the above criteria we’ll ship your plant(s) towards beginning of the following week from your order. We put together this helpful guide of what to do when you receive your plants in the mail.

It is important to know that all of our plants are clearly labeled for which growing zones the plant can survive in. The plants are thoroughly trialed and tested in every growing zone before we state the plant can grow in a zone. Again, our #1 priority is to ship the plants to you healthy and ready to thrive in your location. So we will do everything in our power to do so.

7 Reviews - Gatsby Star® Hydrangea Show Reviews

  • 3
    Ordered two plants, my friend only received...

    Posted by Mary Kay Dillard on Jul 8th 2021

    Ordered two plants, my friend only received one

  • 5

    Posted by Sarah King on Jun 20th 2021

    I just talked to my daughter-in- law who got my gift of the hydrangea I loved. It arrived with dirt spilled and looking really dry and sad. The good thing is she says it looks like it will recover. I thought you should know how it was received.
    Sarah King

  • 1

    Posted by Customer on Jun 30th 2020

    They arrived dead

  • 4
    Gatsby Star®...

    Posted by Natasha King on Jun 28th 2020

    Gatsby Star® Hydrangea

  • 2

    Posted by rhonda cambiano on Jun 16th 2020

    Arrived damaged

  • 4
    Gatsby Star Hydangea

    Posted by Janette Holley on Apr 30th 2020

    Arrived in good shape

  • 5
    Gatsby Star Hydrangea

    Posted by Marie Staas on May 25th 2019

    I purchased this plant for a Christmas gift 2 years ago. Just saw it again today, May 25, 2019, Zone 9. It is in a huge pot in full bloom. Just Beautiful!!! I must get one for myself!!