oakleaf hydrangea - Hydrangeaceae Hydrangea quercifolia

Taxonomy

FamilyHydrangeaceae
GenusHydrangea
Speciesquercifolia
Common Nameoakleaf hydrangea
iTree CodeHYQU

Plant Form

Formmound
Height6 feet
Spread6 feet
DeciduousYes

Identification Description

FoliageResembles shape of red oak, coarse texture, felted undersideLeaf Type Information IconSimple
Needles0
BarkRed brown bark with orange brown inner bark, older stems have heavy shaggy exfoliation
Budoblong buds, divergent angles, brownBud Arrangement Information IconOpposite
Twigmultiple stems, upright sparingly branched irregular canes, older canes arched, dense, velvety, brown
FlowerErect broad cone-shaped spikes that are 4 to 12 inches tall, greenish then white turning purplish, flowers late june through late july and then persistes in a dry state into late winter. Male and female flowers on same plant (monoecious)
FruitTan brown urn shaped capsules, early october persisting in winter through late march
Fall ColorVariable, orange, red to purple, or brown

Site Characteristics

USDA Zones   info for zonespH LevelsSalt Tolerance
Min6aMin6.0SoilLow
Max6aMax8.5SprayModerate

Shade ToleranceDrought ToleranceAllelopathy
UnknownUnknownUnknown

Species Status

Nebraska Native
U.S. NativeYes Check
Region of Origin