Oakleaf Hydrangea (Hydrangea quercifolia)
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Deciduous Perennial Shrub in the Hydrangeaceae Family

Have a shady spot that’s just begging for a hydrangea? Oakleaf Hydrangeas are the most shade-tolerant of the bunch, and will bloom quite prolifically even in partial shade. Aptly named for their… you guessed it… oak-leaf-shaped leaves that turn a striking red and purple in fall, Oakleaf Hydrangeas also have a shaggy, peeling bark that looks quite interesting after the leaves drop. Add all this to their white cones of flowers that age to a pink and finally antique brown in fall, and you’ve got yourself quite a special plant!

These hydrangeas do not enjoy wet feet and should be planted in well-draining areas to avoid root rot.


  • Very tough, low-maintenance shrub
  • The most shade-tolerant hydrangea
  • Interesting bark
  • Beautiful fall foliage
  • Blooms that change color over the course of each season
  • Great cut flower, fresh and dried


  • Prefers partial shade to shade
  • Does not like wet feet, susceptible to root rot

Plant Data

Mature Size 6 - 8 feet tall. 6 - 8 feet wide.
Moisture Tolerance Medium
Zones 5a - 9b (Usually hardy to -20° F)
Tags Deciduous, Medium, Medium, Partial Shade, Perennial, Popular For Fall
Bloom Period May to July (First Bloom: 835 GDD)
Flower Color White Changing To Purplish Pink



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