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Hydrangea quercifolia

Native Plants

Oakleaf Hydrangea

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Summary

Oakleaf hydrangea (Hydrangea quercifolia) is one of the most useful native shrubs for the garden. With its unique, deeply lobed oak-like leaves, large white flower clusters, and attractive exfoliating bark, oakleaf hydrangea is impressive when massed or used as a specimen. Its mature size ranges from 6-10’ tall with a similar spread. The 8-12” wide leaves turn red to deep purple in autumn and the flowering bracts persist throughout the season. It excels in regular garden soil in part shade to full sun and is drought-tolerant once established.Hydrangea quercifolia grows well with a variety of other companions including hairy alumroot (Heuchera villosa), Allegheny pachysandra (Pachysandra procumbens), Virginia sweetspire (Itea virginica), large fothergilla (Fothergilla major),and Oconee azalea (Rhododendron flammeum). Zones 5-9.  


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  • Plant Type
    shrub 
  • Sun/Shade Conditions
    filtered-shade-to-full-sun 
  • Foliage Character
    deciduous 
  • Soil Moisture
    average-to-dry 
  • Flowering Period
    early-to-mid-summer
  • Soil PH
    adaptable 
  • Flower Color
    white 
  • Summer Foliage Color
    green 
  • Fall Foliage Color
    green, purple, red, yellow 
  • Fruit/Seed Color
    brown