Each year there are more amazing hydrangeas becoming available to homeowners. In this post, I want to share with you one of my all-time favorites. An oldie but a goodie and a must-have for anyone home landscape – The Oakleaf Hydrangea.
There is no other shrub that can outclass the Oakleaf Hydrangea or Hydrangea quercifolia as the Horties call it!
I recently had been sorting through images from my garden blog past and came across an entry about this gem in my garden. It is a must that I share this because this is truly a treasure in any landscape. There are five types of Hydrangeas. Oakleaf Hydrangeas is part of the Oakleaf Hydrangeas | Hydrangea quercifolia.
The beautiful white-blooming shrub is a native in the united states and adds interest to any garden year-round. The plant seems to bloom best in gardening zones where summers are somewhat hot. An advantage of growing this plant is it can also tolerate the cold winters we endure in Ohio. The Oakleaf hydrangeas thrive with little maintenance and grow great in sandy soil. The Oakleaf gets its name from the shape of its beautiful large leaves. These leaves often turn colors of brilliant red, orange, yellow and burgundy in the fall if planted in a sunny location with a little afternoon shade. The Oakleaf hydrangea can tolerate and even thrive in much dryer and hotter conditions than the rest of its family. The variety I am growing in my garden is the single bloom.
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Hardy in USDA zones 5-9, oakleaf hydrangea is tolerant of many growing conditions. A versatile shrub used in woodland borders and foundation plantings.
When to Prune
Oakleaf hydrangeas are bloom on the previous season’s growth, so prune right after flowering in the fall or in super early spring. I prune lightly about 12″ of the older growth from my oakleaf hydrangeas in early spring before green starts to appear. You want to prune early with a sharp pruner for a good smooth cut.
I have also cut the autumn blooms off for drying to use indoors during the late summer. This is a great time to prune the shrub as well.
The winter Oakleaf Hydrangea blooms are a nice addition to the landscape during the winter months. This is why I often wait to prune what is left of mine from drying in the early spring. Since 2003 I have NEVER had a summer with out beautiful fragrant blooms from this shrub.
Oakleaf Hydrangea in Autumn
The color interest in late summer through many hard frost in Autumn it outstanding. This plant is surely one of the hard to miss in the landscape as you will see in the video below. I share my thoughts about the shrub and actual footage of it growing in my autumn landscape.
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This shrub is over 30 years old!
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