Oakleaf Hydrangea

Oakleaf Hydrangea

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Hydrangea quercifolia

Handsome shrub, grown for its oak-leaf like foliage. Wine red fall colour. Deciduous, mound-forming shrub with attractively peeling, orange-brown bark and deeply 5 - 7 lobed, mid-green 8" leaves. From midsummer to fall bears, conical 10" panicles of white fertile and sterile flowers. The sterile flowers become pink-tinged with age. Matures at 4 - 6' high by 5 - 8' wide.

 * Deer Resistant *                               Photo credit: David Liebman

PRUNING THE OAKLEAF HYDRANGEA: This hydrangea doesn’t require a lot of pruning but it should be trimmed at least once a year to keep it looking in good condition. Less pruning is actually better when it comes to oakleaf hydrangeas.

WHEN TO PRUNE THE OAKLEAF HYDRANGEA: You can prune your oakleaf hydrangea from LATE WINTER to EARLY SPRING, although March tends to be the best time – particularly if you are trying to rejuvenate your hydrangea.

HOW TO PRUNE YOUR OAKLEAF HYDRANGEA: You should start by removing faded flowerheads in spring after the frost. Cut back the flowered stems to a strong pair of buds and take out any diseased shoots.

If your oakleaf hydrangea has grown too big for your liking, or is becoming too woody, cut it right back. Make cuts at the base of each branch where it meets the main stalk – making sure you step back to keep an eye on the overall shape and prune from all sides to keep it balanced. It will regrow in the summer with new branches and then flower right away too.

Frost damaged, diseased or dead branches are best cut as far back to the healthy part of the branch, or main stem, as possible.

You can always snip off the overblown flowers on your oakleaf hydrangea in autumn and winter - just don’t prune when frost is forecast.

Photo courtesy of our growing friends at Spring Meadow Nursery in Grand Haven, MI

Ornamental Characteristics
Category Flowering Shrub
Foliage Type Deciduous (Winter Dormant)
Height 4' - 6'
Spread 4' - 8'
Shape Cascade, spreading
Primary Foliage Color Green
Seasonal Foliage Color Dazzling Orange-Red (before shedding foliage for the Winter)
Flowering Season Summer
Flower Color White
Pollinator Friendly
Environmental Characteristics
Growth Rate Fast
Sun Preferences Shade to partial shade
Water Preferences Moist (not standing water): Ensure soil is amended for good drainage to prevent root rot.
Cold Hardiness Zone 5  to 9