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Hydrangea quercifolia * Oak Leaf Hydrangea

Between the white flowers and the foliage turning in the fall Hydrangea quercifolia is a plant for all seasons. The Oak Leaf Hydrangea blooms in the late spring through the summer. Hydrangea quercifolia then goes beyond itself and produces a wonderful fall foliage display. Hydrangea quercifolia flowers grow in a white spire at the tips of the branches. The Oakleaf Hydrangea grows best in shade but will tolerate some Sun in coastal gardens. The leaves have an interesting shape. Hydrangea quercifolia gets to 6-8 feet tall and wide. A larger hybrid is Hydrangea Alison. Smaller varieties include Pee Wee and Sikes Dwarf. Hydrangea quercifolia is the state flower of Alabama. Hydrangea quercifolia is drought tolerant, but the plant just shuts down and goes dormant as if it were Winter if conditions get too dry. Hydrangea quercifolia is Winter hardy to zone 5

Hydrangea quercifolia, Oak Leaf Hydrangea

Spray of white flowers of Hydrangea quercifolia - Oak Leaf Hydrangea. High resolution photos are part of our garden image collection.

Other plants from the Hydrangea Genus featured on this site:
Hydrangea quercifolia Alison
Hydrangea serrata
Hydrangea Sikes Dwarf