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Oakleaf Hydrangea

Hydrangea quercifolia 'Oakleaf Hydrangea'

Oakleaf Hydrangea

Introduction

Oakleaf hydrangea adds variety, dimension, and style to any landscape. An added bonus is that they are almost entirely disease free. However, they do need some attention to direct shape and size. This hydrangea gets its name from its large oak shaped leaves. The leaves provide a brilliant color of red, orange, burgundy or yellow in the fall.

Use and Management

This hydrangea grows in sun or shade and prefers a rich, moist soil. It is a sprawling, slow-growing shrub reaching 6’ to 10’ tall and spreads 3’ to 5’. The flowers, produced in midsummer in panicles, are at first white then fade to pink and then tan.

Because of their size, most residential landscapes only need one or two of these plants. Especially attractive at the edge of woods or other natural settings. It makes a nice accent in a shrub border or growing out of a ground cover.

Additional Characteristics

  • Low maintenance
  • Coarse texture
  • Fast growth
  • Likes sun but can grow in partial shade

Planting

  • Typically planted in 1 gal, 3 gal or 5 gal containers.

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