Hydrangea paniculata 'Ruby Slippers' is a compact hydrangea suitable for growing as a hedge. Flowers emerge white, but quickly turn pink before maturing to ruby red.
Inflorescence: Cone-shaped panicle, 160mm x 90mm, Creamy white flowers aging to ruby red. Parents: H. q. 'Snow Queen' and H. q. 'Pee Wee'.
Bred by Sandra Reed of the US National Arboretum (developed at McMinnville, TN) and introduced to the trade in 2010.
Zones: 3 to 9
Size: Compact (to 1.25m).
Color in neutral soil:
Creamy white, aging to ruby red.
Color in acidic soil with AI present:
Creamy white (no change)
Ray florets: 4 to 5 sepals, entire, rounded but irregular, overlapping, 28mm diam. Occasional male flowers.
Leaves: The oak-leaf shaped deep green leaves are coarse and develop autumn colours before falling. 140mm l x 130mm w.