Wednesday, July 08, 2020

Plant Profile: Oakleaf Hydrangea

Oakleaf Hydrangea (Hydrangea quercifolia) is a native woodland shrub that flowers in early to mid-summer and has multi-season interest.  The plant’s name comes from its large, lobed leaves. The fall foliage color is beautiful and the exfoliating bark in the winter is attractive as well.

The Oakleaf Hydrangea can tolerate more sun, sandier soil, and drier conditions than its hydrangea cousins, if planted in a location with some afternoon shade.

The one thing this shrub hates is wet feet as it is susceptible to root rot, so give it a spot with good drainage.

It is very low-maintenance and there is usually no need to prune it. Should you want to cut it back at all, always do so immediately after they finish flowering, before next year's buds can form.  Don’t wait too long or you may prune away those flower buds.

No fertilization is required, but you can top dress it with an organic mulch around the root zone in spring and fall.

There are several beautiful selections available on the market.

‘Pee Wee’ is a compact plant, reaching 4 feet tall and 3 feet wide.

‘Snowflake’ is a mid-size oakleaf that grows 4 to 6 feet tall and wide, with oversize summer clusters of double flowers.

‘Alice’ is one of the largest oakleaf hydrangeas, growing up to 15 feet tall and wide. It flowers profusely first in creamy white tones then turn to a rusty pink by end of the summer.

Oakleaf Hydrangea - You Can Grow That!


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Visuals by Taylor Calavetinos
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  1. You might want to put in the zones that the plants are successful in. Not everyone viewing is from the mid-Atlantic area.

    1. Thanks for that - will try to remember to include that in future plant profiles. We have mentioned them in past ones, but not consistently.


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