Oakleaf hydrangea

Hydrangea quercifolia

Photo/Illustration: 
Michelle Gervais
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Oakleaf hydrangea (Hydrangea quercifolia)
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Genus:  Hydrangea
Oakleaf hydrangeas originated along the sandy streams of the southeastern United States, and they are more drought tolerant than many other hydrangeas. Their matte green leaves are coarsely textured and deeply lobed, and in fall they turn red and purple. White flower heads form in spring, and as summer draws to a close they turn shades of pink, green, and ecru. -Nellie Neal, Regional Picks: Southeast, Fine Gardening issue #127
Care:  Moist, well-drained soil.
Propagation:  Sow seed in a cold frame in spring; take softwood cuttings in early summer, hardwood cuttings in winter. 
Problems:   Gray mold, slugs, powdery mildew, rust, ringspot virus, leaf spots.

Overview

Height
3 ft. to 6 ft.
Spread
6 ft. to 10 ft.
Growth Pace
Moderate Grower
Light
Full Sun to Part Shade
Moisture
Medium Moisture
Maintenance
Low
Characteristics
Showy Fall Foliage,
Showy Flowers
Bloom Time
Early Summer,
Late Spring,
Spring,
Summer
Flower Color
Pink Flower,
Purple/Lavender Flower,
White Flower
Uses
Hedge,
Naturalizing
Style
Shade,
Woodland Garden
Seasonal Interest
Fall Interest
Type
Shrubs

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