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Oak Leaved Hydrangea

I have a small oak leaved Hydrangea which is a couple of years old.  I am unsure how to manage it at this time of year - do I leave it alone or prune it?
I have heard they can become very large - I don’t want it to swamp my other nearby plants.
i have attached a picture but it is not that clear due to it being very twiggy at the moment.

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  • FairygirlFairygirl west central ScotlandPosts: 46,025
    Hi @Steady Eddie  - I just prune if it's needed. I keep one of mine a bit smaller than the other because of where it's planted.
    They do get big, but a good way to manage it is to do the same as for other hydrangeas, or any shrub really, and take a few stems out completely, right back to the base. I can't see your photo very well, but you can take out ones which are dead or damaged etc first, should you have any. A plant that age doesn't really need any pruning though. 
    You can also still prune in the usual way, by pruning back to some healthy buds too.  :)

    That depends on your conditions - mine are only just starting into growth again, so I'll wait and see what needs tidying in a week or two. I sometimes take a stem or two right back in summer if they're getting too wayward, but mine are about eight or nine years old, so a bit bigger .  :)
    It's a place where beautiful isn't enough of a word....


  • That’s very helpful, thank you. I shall leave it in peace for this year.
    thank you.

  • FairygirlFairygirl west central ScotlandPosts: 46,025
    No problem - take a view on it later in the year, and you can always take a stem or two out then.
    The only problem with trying to get them squeezed into a smaller space is that you end up restricting them a bit, so you get less flowering  :)
    It's a place where beautiful isn't enough of a word....


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