Named after the shape of its beautiful leaves, the Oakleaf Hydrangea (Hydrangea quercifolia) is a very handsome and versatile shrub, native to the United States, which provides a spectacular show all year around.
- On display in late spring to mid summer, the Oakleaf Hydrangea features a profusion of long-lasting grapes of creamy-white flowers up to 12 inches (30 cm) which gradually turn pink as they mature.
- In fall, its deeply lobed, oak-like leaves often turn bronze, crimson or burgundy if planted in a sunny location with a little afternoon shade. So enchanting to the eyes!
- In winter, the rich brown exfoliating bark becomes a real center of attraction
- Vigorous, this deciduous shrub grows 6-8 ft tall and across (180-240 cm).
- A full sun or part shade lover, this plant is best grown in fertile, medium moisture, well-drained soils. A tremendous advantage of the Oakleaf Hydrangea is that it can thrive in much dryer locations than its cousins. It can also thrive in much sunnier areas than the mophead and lacecap hydrangeas. But it doesn't like having wet feet!.
- It is a great candidate for mass plantings, hedges, mixed shrub borders, as a backdrop or accent plant. Flowers are very attractive in dried arrangements
- Since this hydrangea flowers on previous year's growth, it should be pruned shortly after flowering is complete.
- Most popular cultivars are 'Snowflake' with clusters of double, white flowers; 'Snow Queen' (or 'Flemygea') with large and showy panicles held upright even after heavy rain; 'Sikes Dwarf' and 'Peewee' are well suited to small gardens (3-4 ft.)
- Can cause mild stomach upset if ingested and contact with foliage may aggravate skin allergies.