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Hydrangea quercifolia

Oak-leaved hydrangea

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Key information

Plant type

Deciduous shrub

Flower colour



Autumn colour, Flowers



Skill level


Hydrangea quercifolia

Plant details

A medium-size of North American shrub, different from other hydrangeas and grown as much for its autumn leaf tints as for the loose pyramidal flower heads from mid-summer until well into autumn. The leaves are large and deeply lobed like those of an American oak, dark green until the autumn when they turn various shades of bronze, orange and reddish-purple. The flower-heads are large with numerous sterile florets that are long-stalked and star-shaped. Plants need shelter while young and grow well in dappled sunlight, as well as shade. The Royal Horticultural Society has given it its prestigious Award of Garden Merit (AGM).

Family: Hydrangeaceae

Genus: Hydrangea

Species: quercifolia

Plant type: Deciduous shrub

Flower colour: White

Foliage colour: Mid-green

Feature: Autumn colour, Flowers

Sun exposure: Full sun, Partial shade

Soil: Well-drained/light, Acidic, Chalky/alkaline, Moist

Hardiness: Hardy

Skill level: Experienced

Height: 200cm

Spread: 250cm

Time to take cuttings: May to July

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