Oakleaf Hydrangea

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Unique color and impressive form, the Oakleaf Hydrangea (Hydrangea quercifolia) is a unique type of Hydrangea with leaves that resemble their namesake. These deep green, quilted leaves have toothed margins and brown undersides that add interest - especially when they flutter in the breeze! Once the chill enters the air in the autumn, you'll enjoy red and purple fall colors on these hardy native shrubs!

You'll adore the lovely white panicles of creamy white florets held on tall upright stems each May through July. These creamy and fragrant blooms attract Butterflies who adore these blooms and arrive to sip the nectar. In autumn, the florets fade to pink then pale out to a botanical tan and persist on the plant through fall. You can snip these fresh or dried blooms for your bouquets and crafts for lovely décor indoors and out!

Oakleaf Hydrangea are deciduous shrubs that grow well in USDA growing zones 5 through 9 and can fairly quickly reach a 6-8 foot height and width. Though you can control their size with annual pruning. Widely adaptable and easy to grow, these native species can tolerate a wide range of soil and moisture conditions.

Planting and Application:

This shrub adds a certain cultivated 'wildness' to your landscape. You won't be disappointed with an Oakleaf Hydrangea in your shady garden beds and borders. Plant en masse for wide coverage and erosion control in the shade, or along your home's property and foundation plantings to fill long swaths of ground in unique blooms! You'll love the screening and privacy a hedge of these shrubs create! Great backdrops and anchors, these shrubs show off all growing season long!

These remarkable shrubs can tolerate a wide range of conditions and work great in any dappled shade location. A single specimen filling a corner of your yard becomes not just a prominent accent but also a bird-friendly shelterbelt and nesting location. Plant before your shelterbelts and windbreaks to soften hard lines and break up the monotony! Snip a few of the Oakleaf tall panicle blossoms for your bouquets and dried décor!

Birds and butterflies are supported by these native bushes for food and shelter. The leaves are food for butterfly and moth larvae as host plants and provide a habitat for a wide range of wildlife.

  • Huge Upright Creamy White Blooms
  • Oak-Leaf Shaped Green Leaves & Brownish Undersides
  • Great Cut Flowers & Pollinator Resource
  • Hedges, Screening & Bird Friendly
  • Cultivated Wildness & En Masse

#ProPlantTips for Care:

Oakleaf Hydrangea handles most soil types, as long as they are well-drained, and blooms best in partial sun or part shade. In the south, it appreciates afternoon shade and in the north, it prefers being protected from the coldest winds. Plant in soil that's well-drained and enriched. Mulch the root system well and maintain moderate yet consistent moisture all growing season. It blooms on old growth, so prune it after it finishes blooming in late summer.

  • Full Sun & Partial Shade
  • Moist Soil & Arborist Mulch
  • Prune Oakleaf Hydrangeas After Blooms Fade
  • Any Well-Drained Soil
  • Bloom Color Isn't pH-Sensitive

Oakleaf Hydrangea are fantastic native shrubs with big bold blooms and a cultivated wild look you can feel good growing in your landscape! Support wildlife and add curb appeal in one fell swoop by ordering yours today at NatureHills.com!

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Nature Hills sells a large variety of plants with several options available. Plants are offered in both potted containers and as dormant bare root without soil. Here is a helpful resource to understand your options as you create a beautiful landscape with help from Nature Hills.

Ever wonder what a larger plant will mean for your landscape? Container Sizes are really all about the age of the plant!

Seasonally, Nature Hills offers hand selected, high quality bare root trees, shrubs and perennials. Bare root plants are sold by height from the top of the root system to the top of the plant. Plants may be taller than the height minimums.

  • Popular sizes of select trees are 1 foot, 2 feet, 3 feet, etc.
  • Popular sizes of select bare root plants is 1 foot, 18 inches, etc.

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Keep in mind, specific varieties and different growing conditions can affect the rate at which plants grow. Variations in size may occur.

Young Plants to 18 Months
Size Volume
2"x2"x3" Ranges from .18 to .21 dry quarts / .198 to .23 dry liters in volume
4.5" Container Equal to .65 dry quart / .72 dry liter in volume
Sprinter Pot Equal to .63 dry quart / .69 dry liter in volume
4" Container Ranges from .31 to .87 / .35 to .96 dry liter in volume
6" Container Equal to 1.4 dry quarts / 1.59 dry liters in volume
1 Quart Equal to 1 dry quart / 1.1 dry liter in volume
5.5" Container Equal to 1.89 of a dry quart / 2.08 dry liters in volume
4"x4"x5" Ranges from .8 to 1.1 dry quarts / .88 to 1.2 dry liters in volume
4"x4"x6" Ranges from 1.0 to 1.3 dry quarts / 1.1 to 1.41 dry liters in volume
4"x4"x9" Ranges from 1.1 to 2.1 dry quarts / 1.2 to 2.3 dry liters in volume
4"x4"x10" Ranges from 1.7 to 2.3 dry quart / 1.87 to 2.53 dry liters in volume
Plants 18 Months - 2.5 Years Old
Size Volume
2 Quart Equal to 2 dry quarts / 2.2 dry liters in volume
#1 Container Ranges from 2.26 to 3.73 dry quarts / 2.49 to 4.11 dry liters in volume
5"x5"x12" Equal to 3.5 to 4.3 dry quarts / 3.85 to 4.74 dry liters in volume
Plants 2 - 4 Years Old
Size Volume
#2 Container Ranges from 1.19 to 1.76 dry gallons / 5.24 to 7.75 dry liters in volume
#3 Container Ranges from 2.32 to 2.76 dry gallons / 10.22 to 12.16 dry liters in volume
Plants 3 - 5 Years Old
Size Volume
#5 Container Ranges from 2.92 to 4.62 dry gallons / 12.86 to 20.35 dry liters in volume
#6 Container Ranges from 5.25 to 6.01 dry gallons / 23.12 to 26.42 dry liters in volume
#7 Container Ranges from 5.98 to 6.08 dry gallons / 26.34 to 26.78 dry liters in volume

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Oakleaf Hydrangea Is Suited to Grow in Zones 5-9
Growing Zones 5-9
More Information
Brand Nature Hills' Choice
Botanical Name Hydrangea quercifolia
Mature Height 6 - 8 feet
Mature Spread 6 - 8 feet
Sun Exposure Full Sun, Partial Shade
Soil Well Drained Soil
Moisture Medium
Growth Rate Medium
Flower Color White
Foliage Color Green
Fall Color Red
Pollinator Friendly Yes
Pruning Time After Flowering
Fragrant Yes