Hydrangea quercifolia

Oak-leaved hydrangea

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Plant type

Deciduous shrub

Flower colour



Autumn colour, Flowers



Skill level


Hydrangea quercifolia

Plant details

A medium-size of North American shrub, Hydrangea quercifolia has large and deeply lobed leaves similar to those of American oak, which mature from dark green to various shades of bronze, orange and reddish-purple in autumn. The flowerheads are large with numerous sterile, star-shaped florets. It's a striking plant for a mixed or shrub border. The Royal Horticultural Society has given it its prestigious Award of Garden Merit (AGM).

Grow Hydrangea quercifolia in moist but well-drained soil in full sun to partial shade. Plants need shelter while young.

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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