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Plants We Love: Oakleaf hydrangea (Hydrangea quercifolia)

Native-plant experts from Alabama recommend this four-season plant for USDA Zones 6 to 8.

Plant name: Oakleaf hydrangea

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Botanical name: Hydrangea quercifolia

Height: 6-8 ft. (1.8-2.4 m)

Spacing: 4-6 ft. (1.2-1.8 m)

Hardiness: USDA Zone 5 to 9

Sun Exposure: Sun to Partial Shade

Danger: Parts of plant are poisonous if ingested

Bloom Color:
White/Near White

Bloom Time:
MidSummer, Late Summer/Early Fall

Grown for foliage, Deciduous, Bronze-Green

Other details: Average Water Needs; Water regularly; do not overwater

Soil pH requirements:

5.6 to 6.0 (acidic)

6.1 to 6.5 (mildly acidic)

6.6 to 7.5 (neutral)

Propagation Methods:

By dividing the rootball

From softwood cuttings

From semi-hardwood cuttings

From seed; direct sow outdoors in fall

From seed; winter sow in vented containers, coldframe or unheated greenhouse

From seed; sow indoors before last frost

Seed Collecting:

Allow seedheads to dry on plants; remove and collect seeds

Information courtesy of Dave's Garden