Landscape Plants of the Upper Midwest

Oakleaf Hydrangea

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Plant Information

  • Plant Type: Shrub: Small
  • Scientific Name: Hydrangea quercifolia Play audio of plant name
  • Family: Hydrangea
  • Zone: 5
  • Plant Size: 4-6'
  • Bloom Time: Summer
  • Bloom Color: White
  • Habit: Upright
  • Culture:

    Requires a well-drained soil with a pH that is neutral to acid. Full sun to partial shade.

  • Notes:

    Has attractive foliage and radiant red-orange fall color. In the upper Midwest will often die to the ground in winter, eliminating the terminal buds from which the next seasons flowers develop.

  • Pruning:Pruning animation

    Renewal pruning is accomplished by removing the largest, oldest stems (generally 1/4 to 1/3 of the total stems) as close to the ground as possible. This will stimulate new shoots to develop below the cuts which will fill in the plant creating a more dense and pleasing habit.

    Renewal pruning should be done when the plant is dormant, late fall to early spring.

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Landscape Plants of the Upper Midwest

Bill Hoch, Associate Professor
Montana State University

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