Hydrangea quercifolia Hydrangeaceae
Oakleaf Hydrangea   hi-DRAN-je-a kwer-si-FO-lee-a
- Broadleaf deciduous shrub, 4-6 ft (1.2-1.8 m), irregular mounds, stoloniferous, exfoliating bark. Leaves, opposite, lobed resembling oak or maple leaves, 6-20 cm long, base often truncate or sometimes subcordate, margin serrate, whitish to brownish tomentose on underside, upper surface dark green in summer turning red, orange, purple in the fall and persist. Young stems and buds brownish
tomentose. Flowers white, in large clusters (outer flowers sterile and inner ones fertile) in early and mid-summer, turn brown in fall and persist.
- Sun to part shade; best in fertile, moist, well-drained soil, with cool root environment.
- Hardy to USDA Zone 5 Native to Georgia, Florida, and Mississippi.
- quercifolia: oak (Quercus)-like leaves; folia, foliage.
- Oregon State Univ. campus: southwest corner of Snell Hall, next to service road.