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 is a native plant that gets its name from the shape of its beautiful large leaves, which are accented by its dramatic white flower blooms.
This hydrangea blooms on old wood 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 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.
The Oakleaf Hydrangea shrub prefers to grow in fertile, well-drained soil in partial full sun to partial shade. In the fall the shrub’s dark green leaves turn attractive shades of red bronze, crimson or purple while the flowers turn a shade of pink.
Hardy to zones 4-9 and can grow across most of the United States. 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. The Oak leaf hydrangea’s white blooming flowers appear in cone shaped clusters throughout the growing season.
This hardy shrub can get up to 6-8 feet tall and wide. The flower clusters grow on a 12 inch long stem.
Be sure to check out our Hydrangea Grow Guide!
- Showy flowers
- Fall color
- Native plant
- Low maintenance