Oakleaf Hydrangea

Hydrangea quercifolia

Long, cone-shaped clusters of pure white flowers mature to pink with age. Dark green oak-like leaves turn red-purple or bright red in fall. A low maintenance, easy to grow shrub. Ideal for specimen or accent planting. Deciduous.
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Water regularly to maintain evenly moist soil.


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Botanical Pronunciationhy-DRAIN-juh kwer-se-FOH-lee-uh
Average Size at MaturityModerate growing; reaches 5 to 6 ft. tall and wide.
Bloom TimeSummer
Deciduous/ EvergreenDeciduous
Flower AttributeFlowers for Cutting, Long Bloom Season, Showy Flowers
Flower ColorWhite
Foliage ColorGreen
Garden StyleCottage, Rustic
Growth RateModerate
Landscape UseBorder, Mass Planting, Woodland Garden, Cutting Garden
Light NeedsFull sun, Partial shade, Partial sun
Special FeatureFall Color, Gift Plant, North American Native Selection, Year-round Interest
Water NeedsHigh
Watering NeedsWater regularly to maintain evenly moist soil.
Companion PlantsAzalea (Azalea); Clethra (Clethra); Holly (Ilex); Hosta (Hosta); Lungwort (Pulmonaria); Rhododendron (Rhododendron)

Prefers organically rich, well-drained soils, with shelter from harsh afternoon. Water deeply, regularly during first growing season to establish an extensive root system. Fertilize regularly during growing season. Blooms on old wood; prune to shape in summer after flowering. Remove weak, damaged stems in early spring.

This Plant's Growing Zones: 5-9

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