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It's no wonder that this beautiful large deciduous shrub has quickly gained landscape popularity. A native of the southeastern United States, oakleaf hydrangea has a broad or upright shrubby habit and is revered for outstanding ornamental features that are highlights throughout the year.
In spring, oakleaf hydrangea puts forth large oak-shaped leaves that are deep green with soft, lighter undersides. In autumn, the showy leaves turn striking shades of crimson and bronze-purple. Huge conical flower panicles appear in summer, which are comprised of small inconspicuous fertile flowers and showy four-sepaled sterile blooms that are flattened and papery. Many cultivated varieties have primarily sterile flowers of ivory or rose-pink. As they dry they turn soft tan or brown. The dry flowers persistent into winter above the shrub’s exfoliating copper-brown, cinnamon and tan bark.
Oakleaf hydrangea accepts full sun or partial shade and prefers rich, evenly moist soil with a neutral to slightly acid pH. This fast-growing shrub is at home in summertime heat and humidity. It is useful as a feature, foundation, or screening plant. Dwarf varieties may be grown in large containers. Among its many excellent cultivars are the compact ‘Sike’s Dwarf’ and double-flowered ‘Snowflake.’
9 - 5
5 - 9
2b, 3a, 3b, 4, 5, 6, 7, 8, 9, 10, 11, 12, 13, 14, 15, 16, 17, 18, 19, 20, 21, 22, 23
Full Sun, Partial Sun, Partial Shade
3'-10' / 0.9m - 3.0m
Southeastern United States
Spring, Summer, Fall, Winter
White, Pink, Rose, Light Green
Green, Dark Green
Green, Dark Green, Burgundy
Red, Burgundy, Dark Red, Bronze, Orange Red
Tan, Brown, Sienna
Dried Flower / Everlasting, Cutflower, Dried Flower/Everlasting, Feature Plant, Foundation, Hedges, Mixed Border, Screening / Wind Break
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