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Oakleaf Hydrangea

Fact sheet: Oakleaf Hydrangea

Oakleaf hydrangea has 8 to 12-inch-long leaves shaped like oak leaves. They are borne on stiff, upright, hairy stems which occasionally branch. A fuller shrub can be created by pinching the new growth or cutting back old growth. The plant grows in sun or shade and prefers a rich, moist soil. In the northern part of its range, the top usually dies back during the winter, and it needs shelter from high winds. Oakleaf hydrangea transplants easily and has a very coarse texture and good red fall color. This sprawling, slow-growing shrub reaches 6 to 10 feet tall and spreads three to five feet. The flowers, produced in mid-summer in panicles, are at first white, then fade to pink and then tan. If you wish to prune this hydrangea to create a dense shrub, do so after it flowers so you can enjoy the spectacular flower display.

Scientific name: Hydrangea quercifolia
Pronunciation: hye-DRAN-jee-uh kwur-sif-FOLE-ee-uh
Common name(s): oakleaf hydrangea

Fact sheet: Oakleaf Hydrangea

Planted in Nassau County Extension Demonstration Garden

Sold at Nassau County Master Gardener Plant Sale