Oakleaf Hydrangea

Hydrangea quercifolia Saxifragaceae

Growth habit



Long-lived polycarpic perennial

Native distribution

GA, FL, and MS


Comstock Knoll and Rhododendron Collection

Source of plant

Cornell Botanic Gardens, Princeton Nurseries, Weston Nurseries, Edgewood Nursery, Lake County Nursery Inc.


Upright, little branched, irregular stoloniferous shrub forming mounded colonies. Fall color shades or red, orangish, brown, and purple in fall; quite spectacular, although variable. Flowers white changingto purplish pink and finally brown; outer flowers sterile, 1" to 1 1/2" in diameter, fertile flowersnumerous, lacking character or good color, borne in 4" to 12" long erect panicles in late June throughJuly, and persisting. Bark exfoliating on older wood to expose a rich brown inner bark; quite attractive.

USDA Hardiness Zone


Special characteristics

foliage characteristics, notable texture, fall color, bark, flowering season