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Oakleaf Hydrangea – A Native Choice

Oakleaf Hydrangeas (Hydrangea quercifolia) make a beautiful choice for the home landscape.  They present great interest in all seasons of  the year.  Not only do they produce beautiful blooms in summer, but the plant also provides great fall color.  When making a choice for a new edition to your landscape, select Oakleaf Hydrangea !

Large Photo of Hydrangea quercifolia

Jeff McMillian @ USDA-NRCS PLANTS Database

Oakleaf Hydrangea is native to Southeastern United States.  I have personally observed hundred of Oakleaf Hydrangeas along streams and on the mountains at the Talledega National Forest in Alabama.  When I saw them they were dormant, as it was February, but it would be a magnificent site when they are all in bloom.

Large Photo of Hydrangea quercifolia

Jeff McMillian @ USDA-NRCS PLANTS Database

Oakleaf Hydrangea blooms are magnificent panicles that change throughout the season.  First creamy white color, turning to a pink and finally desiccating to brown.  There is something attractive about the brown dried bloom and it holds on for quite some time.  In winter, the exfoliating bark make it attractive even though it is without leaves.  This trait, along with the dried out bloom, make it enjoyable throughout the entire year.

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Author: Blake Thaxton – bthaxton@ufl.edu

Santa Rosa County Extension
Agent I, Commercial Horticulture

Blake Thaxton

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