Hydrangea quercifolia, Oakleaf Hydrangea

Hydrangea quercifolia

Oakleaf Hydrangea
Family: Hydrangeaceae
Origin: Southeastern United States
USDA Zone: 5-10?
USDA Plant Hardiness MapLarge shrub 5-10 ft tallSemi-shadeShadeRegular waterWhite, off-white flowersPink flowers

Hydrangea quercifolia is a large shrub, which can grow up to 5 to 10 feet tall, is native to the Southeastern United States. It has oval-shaped, large and toothed leaves, with deep lobes that resemble the leaf of an oak tree. During the bloom season, it features bunches of pink and off-white flowers that sit atop large trusses. Over time, these flowers will take on a brown hue as they age.

Oakleaf Hydrangea is easy to care for and grows best in part shade and with regular watering. It is hardy in USDA Zones 5 to 10, but in colder climates, it is best grown in a container so that it can be brought indoors and kept in a sheltered spot when temperatures drop. Ensure that the potting medium is well-draining and planted in a location that receives morning sunlight.

In the growing season, keep the container watered thoroughly, but be careful not to over-water. Fertilize the plant in early spring before the new growth starts, and then again in mid-summer. Prune the shrub after the flower buds form in mid-spring to keep the shrub an even size, and remove any dead branches.

Overall, Hydrangea quercifolia is an easy-to-care for and rewarding shrub that can bring a bit of beauty to a landscape. With its majestic foliage and delicate flower clusters, it is an all-season eye-catching addition to any garden.

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