Oakleaf Hydrangea Shrub

Oakleaf Hydrangea Shrub

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  • Showy flowers

  • Fall color

  • Native plant

  • Low maintenance

Regular price $29.95

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  • Family owned farm since 1980
  • You're good to grow this in Zone X

Native Hydrangea to the Southeast United States & Produces Huge Cone Shaped Blooms

If you are a gardener who prefers to sit back and enjoy your landscape rather than be constantly tending to it, the Oakleaf Hydrangea shrub is a perfect choice!

The Oakleaf Hydrangea bush 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 hydrangea 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. The leaves are large and oblong, they can grow up to 8 inches long.

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. The Oakleaf hydrangea size will grow to the space you plant it in. If you have a small space or container this will work for the plant. Looks great in woodland gardens too because it is shade loving.

Pruning Oakleaf Hydrangea

This elegant oakleaf hydrangea deciduous shrub requires little to no pruning, and with the occasional watering will bloom all summer long.

This hydrangea blooms on old wood in early spring so be sure to avoid springtime pruning. The best time of year to prune Oak hydrangeas overall shape is in early summer after it finishes flowering.

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.


Grow Hydrangea plants in rich, well-drained soil to avoid root rot. Sandy soil sites will be tolerable as this hydrangea thrives with very little attention.

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 oakleaf hydrangea to establish a strong root system. They are fairly drought tolerant after established 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. Use our Acidic potting soil to amend your native soil if it is not acidic enough.

Although it is native to the southeast, it is winter hardy to USDA hardiness zones 4-9 and can grow across most of the United States. It is one of the few hydrangeas native to North America.

Shop the Oakleaf Hydrangea for sale. It is a gorgeous site and makes excellent cut flowers.

Be sure to check out our Hydrangea Grow Guide and Why is my Hydrangea Wilting, for more information on planting and growing hydrangeas!

Shipping information

Once your Oakleaf Hydrangea Shrub order is placed, we will ship your plant(s) within seven business days year round unless during the checkout process you request otherwise in the space provided to do so.

Perfect Plants’ shipping specialists carefully package your plants using a proven packaging method that ensures your plants arrive healthy, colorfully alive and ready to flourish. We’ve coined the term ‘upside down box test’ and we do just that; we carefully package so that regardless of the direction your box is handled, it will not harm your precious plant that’s inside.

No shipping process is without a problem from time to time. On rare occasions some plants may experience some of the following during their transit: drooping, minor leaf-loss and/or minimal yellowing/discoloration, minor limb damage, etc. These instances are quite rare, but can happen when shipping plants in boxes.

Plants normally recover within a few weeks after planting. If a damaged box has injured your plant on the inside, please notify us within 5 days of receiving you package(s) by emailing us a photograph of the damage.

We always do our very best to ensure that your plants are packed and shipped in the safest, gentlest and most effective way possible.

Will my plants and trees look like the photographs?

Absolutely! Unlike other online nurseries, our photos are of actual plants and trees we’ve grown here, on our family operated nursery.

Growing our own plants and trees helps to ensure we ship you the best quality plants that are free of pests and diseases.

Your plants and trees may however not ship with flowers on them, like the photographs. This all depends on the time of year you buy your plant or tree. Crape Myrtle trees, for example, only bloom during the summer months, so if you purchase one during the spring or fall, they would ship without flowers. Once planted, your plants will grow and thrive giving you flowers for many years to come!

Pot Sizes

Pot sizes (commonly referred to in gallons) are shipped in the same size nursery trade pots which may vary in actual volume. Some plants may have been at the approximate pot size listed, but require excess dirt to be removed so that you will not be paying any additional shipping costs. This doesn’t happen very often though.

Shipping Fees

Our shipping charges are based on the value of your order and the destination it is being shipped. Please see the chart on the Shipping Info page to get an exact amount. We frequently have a free shipping promotion to help you save!



The Oakleaf Hydrangea prefers partial sun, partial shade. It is less tolerant of intense sun in the Southern climates however and prefers some afternoon shade. They prefer well drained, consistently moist but not soggy soil.

Little pruning is required, but dead branches or spent blooms should be removed. Blooms develop on new growth so spent blooms should be cut back to closest live wood.


Dig a hole approximately twice as wide as your new plant’s root ball and deep enough so that the top of the root ball is equal with the ground level.

Loosen the root ball using a small garden spade or by hand. Breaking smaller outer roots can encourage growth into the new soil, but take care to not damage large primary roots.

Place the plant in the hole and ensure that it is situated evenly upright. Use the excavated soil to fill in around the root ball, using your foot to pack it in firmly. Thoroughly soak with a hose as you fill in the dirt. Take great care to not leave any gaps or air spaces around the root ball as this could kill the plant.

A 2-4 inch layer of mulch is strongly recommended to help retain moisture and discourage weed growth. Apply mulch over the entire planting area but keep away from the stems or trunk by a few inches. Ensure that the plant and surrounding soil is completely soaked with water.

To ensure the proper nutrients are available for the life of your Oakleaf Hydrangea, our proprietary Perfect Plants Special Blend Soil and a once yearly application of Nutricote Total 360 Fertilizer are great considerations for your new plants!

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Botanical Name
Hydrangea quercifolia

Partial Sun / Partial Shade

Flower Color
White, Yellow

Foliage Color

Mature Width
6-8 ft

Mature Height
6-8 ft

Growing Zones 4, 5, 6, 7, 8, 9

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The Oakleaf I received was gorgeous! Very happy with my purchase.

Dawn A.

These look quite lovely. I shipped them to my sister on the other side of the continent so haven't seen in person. A photograph sent to me showed a lovely plant.

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