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Hydrangea quercifolia

Native Plants

Oakleaf Hydrangea

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Oakleaf hydrangea 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 Heuchera villosa, Pachysandra procumbens, Itea virginica, Fothergilla major and Rhododendron flammeum.

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  • Plant Type
  • Sun/Shade Conditions
    filtered-shade, full-sun, partial-shade 
  • Foliage Character
  • Soil Moisture
    average, dry 
  • Flowering Period
    late-summer, mid-summer
  • Soil PH
  • Flower Color
  • Summer Foliage Color
  • Fall Foliage Color
    green, purple, red, yellow 
  • Fruit/Seed Color