Species - quercifolia

This species is a native of the USA, and is easily recognised by its large Oak-shaped leaves which often turn reddish in the autumn before they fall.  The flowers are formed in short, broad panicles and are mostly white or cream in colour.  The first cultivars had a 50:50 mix of fertile and sterile florets, but cultivars have now been bred that have densely packed sterile florets forming dense heavy heads that weigh down the thin branches at one extreme; to cultivars with only a sparse covering of sterile florets at the other extreme.  It grows well against a wall where it will use the wall for support and grow up without clinging.

quercifolia ‘Harmony’

quercifolia ‘Harmony’

Bed WN: Plant 12 A popular and unusual cultivar with huge dense white panicles that weigh down the thin stems. Found by T A Mc Daniel in a churchyard... Read more
quercifolia ‘Ice Crystal’

quercifolia ‘Ice Crystal’

Bed WN: Plant 11 Unusually compact hybrid has many clusters of distinct, conical, pure white flowers that bloom into Fall.  Small, oak-shaped leaves featuring saw-toothed edges look sharp and... Read more
quercifolia ‘Lady Ann’

quercifolia ‘Lady Ann’

Bed NW: Plant 09   A new cultivar that is very similar to ‘Snowflake’, though this is no bad thing. The conical flower heads are composed of a mixture... Read more