If you are a gardener who prefers to sit back and enjoy your landscape rather than be constantly tending to it, the Oakleaf Hydrangea is the perfect choice!
This elegant deciduous shrub requires little to no pruning, and with the occasional watering will bloom all summer long.
The Oakleaf Hydrangea “Snow Queen” is a native plant that gets its name from its beautiful large, shaped leaves, which are accented by its dramatic white flower blooms that will stay on the plant for months. The Oak leaf hydrangea’s white blooming flower buds appear in cone shaped clusters throughout the growing season.
It has excellent fall foliage! The shrub’s dark green leaves turn red orange with attractive shades of red bronze, crimson, or purple while the flowers turn a shade of pink. These color changes happen before the shrub loses its leaves in winter.
This hardy Hydrangea quercifolia shrub grows up to 6-8 feet tall and wide. The Oakleaf hydrangea flower clusters grow on a 12 inch long stem.
Pruning Oakleaf Hydrangea
This hydrangea shrub blooms on old wood in early spring so be sure to avoid springtime pruning. The best time of year to prune Oakleaf’s overall shape is in early summer.
Cut back dead wood or damaged stems to encourage new growth on the flowering shrub. It will produce flowers on previous years branches. Oakleaf hydrangea pruning is an easy task and not something to worry about.
Planting Oakleaf Hydrangea
Grow Hydrangea plants in rich, well-drained soil to avoid root rot. Make sure it is planted in a location that receives partial sun to partial shade. It does not like full sun but will be okay with morning sun and afternoon shade.
Be sure to keep moist soil during the first year of planting to establish a strong root system. They are fairly drought tolerant after establishing though. Organically rich matter such as compost or mulch is a great addition. It prefers slightly acidic soil with a soil pH of 5.0-6.0.
Although it is native to the southeast, it is winter hardy to USDA growing zones 4-9 and can grow across most of the United States.
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Be sure to check out our Hydrangea Grow Guide!
- Showy flowers
- Fall color
- Native plant
- Low maintenance