Botanical Name: Hydrangea quercifolia
Common Name: Oakleaf Hydrangea  
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Water Saving Tip:

Change spray sprinklers to low-flow bubbler or drip systems. Shrubs and trees are ideal candidates for this type of irrigation because the water is applied directly to the root zones.

  • Anatomy

  • Culture

  • Design

Plant Type



Height Range



Flower Color



Flower Season



Leaf Color



Bark Color



Fruit Color



Fruit Season



Half, Shade



Low, Medium


Growth Rate

Moderate, Slow


Soil Type

Clay, Loam


Soil Condition

Average, Rich, Well-drained, Dry


Soil pH

Acid, Neutral, Basic


Adverse Factors


Design Styles

English Cottage, Formal, Mediterranean, Ranch, Spanish, Woodland


Accenting Features

Fall Color, Showy Flowers, Unusual Foliage


Seasonal Interest

Winter, Spring, Summer, Fall


Location Uses

Background, Perennial Border, Shrub Border, Foundation, Patio, Walls / Fences


Special Uses

Cut Flowers, Hedge, Screen, Small Spaces


Attracts Wildlife


Information by: Stephanie Duer
  • Description

  • Notes

Oakleak hydrangea is a deciduous, summer blooming shrub with an irregular, rounded habit growing about 6 to 8 feet tall and wide. Green leaves are large and deeply lobed, and reminiscent of oak leaves; fall color is a rich burgundy. White flower clusters appear in mid summer in erect, terminal panicles; flowers slowly age to a pinkish-purple color and persist into the fall. Mature stems exfoliate to reveal a rich brown inner bark which is attractive in winter. Fabulous in the shady shrub or foundation border. Excellent cut flower. Many selections available.
Grow in well-drained, loamy soil in part to full, filtered shade. Adaptive to soil type and pH. Water need depends in part on soil and exposure, but given a well-drained loamy soil in filtered light, watering needs are regular, though periodic. Because it blooms on its old wood, the plant should not be pruned until after flowering. Oakleaf hydrangea is very cold hardy and doesn't die-back like H. arborescens 'Annabelle.'