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Oakleaf Hydrangea

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Hydrangea quercifolia (Oakleaf Hydrangea) – This excellent large garden or massing shrub features spikes of mixed sterile and fertile flowers which fade from pure white to pink. It also has interesting foliage with spectacular fall color and papery bark. Though it can be rather coarse in appearance, it is best used in groupings for a stunning display.

Characteristics

Average Landscape Height:
7 feet
Average Landscape Width:
7 feet
Growth Rate:
slow
Genus:
Hydrangea
Species:
quercifolia
Flower Color:
white
Flower Period:
from early to mid summer
Summer Foliage Color:
dark green
Fall Color:
brick red
Minimum Light:
shade
Maximum Light:
full sun
Minimum Moisture:
average
Maximum Moisture:
moist
Plant Form:
upright spreading
Canopy:
leggy
Pruning:
late winter pruning
Pollution Tolerance:
medium
Branching:
multi-stemmed
Flower Bicolor:
pink
Flower Fragrance:
high

Ornamental Features

Oakleaf Hydrangea features bold fragrant conical white flowers with pink overtones at the ends of the branches from early to mid summer. The flowers are excellent for cutting. It has dark green deciduous foliage which emerges grayish green in spring. The large fuzzy lobed leaves turn an outstanding brick red in the fall. The peeling brick red bark adds an interesting dimension to the landscape.

Landscape Attributes

Oakleaf Hydrangea is a multi-stemmed deciduous shrub with an upright spreading habit of growth. Its strikingly bold and coarse texture can be very effective in a balanced landscape composition.

Planting & Growing

Oakleaf Hydrangea will grow to be about 7 feet tall at maturity, with a spread of 7 feet. It tends to be a little leggy, with a typical clearance of 1 foot from the ground, and is suitable for planting under power lines. It grows at a slow rate, and under ideal conditions can be expected to live for approximately 30 years.

This shrub performs well in both full sun and full shade. It prefers to grow in average to moist conditions, and shouldn't be allowed to dry out. It is not particular as to soil type or pH. It is somewhat tolerant of urban pollution, and will benefit from being planted in a relatively sheltered location. Consider applying a thick mulch around the root zone in winter to protect it in exposed locations or colder microclimates. This species is native to parts of North America.

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