oakleaf hydrangea - Hydrangeaceae Hydrangea quercifolia


Common Nameoakleaf hydrangea
iTree CodeHYQU

Plant Form

Height6 feet
Spread6 feet

Identification Description

FoliageResembles shape of red oak, coarse texture, felted underside Leaf Type  Information Icon Simple
BarkRed brown bark with orange brown inner bark, older stems have heavy shaggy exfoliation
Budoblong buds, divergent angles, brown Bud Arrangement Information Icon Opposite
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 zones pH LevelsSalt Tolerance
Min6a Min6.0 SoilLow
Max6a Max8.5 SprayModerate

Shade ToleranceDrought ToleranceAllelopathy
Unknown Unknown Unknown

Species Status

Nebraska Native
U.S. Native Yes Check
Region of Origin