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Oakleaf hydrangea
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Protection status

Secure (NatureServe)[1]
Logical classificationedit
Kingdom: Plantae
Clade: Tracheophytes
Clade: Angiosperms
Clade: Eudicots
Clade: Asterids
Order: Cornales
Family: Hydrangeaceae
Genus: Hydrangea
Species: H. quercifolia
Binomial name
Hydrangea quercifolia
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Hydrangea quercifolia, normally known as oakleaf hydrangea or oak-leaved hydrangea, is a types of blooming plant in the family Hydrangeaceae.[2] It is local toward the southeastern United States, in forest territories from North Carolina west to Tennessee, and south to Florida and Louisiana.[3] A deciduous bush with white garish blossom heads, it is developed as a nursery plant, with various cultivars accessible monetarily.

Its particular sobriquet consolidates the Latin words quercus (“oak”), and folium (“leaf”). Notwithstanding, it isn’t firmly connected with oak species (Quercus).

1 Description
1.1 Flowers
2 Distribution
3 Uses
3.1 Garden history
3.2 Cultivation
4 Symbolism
5 Gallery
6 References
7 External connections
Hydrangea quercifolia is a coarse-finished deciduous bush developing to 3-12 feet (0.91-3.66 m)[4] tall with an open crown. The plant sprouts shoots from underground stolons and regularly fills in states. Youthful stems are canvassed in a felt-like light earthy colored bark, and the bigger stems have alluring cinnamon-tan-orange bark that shreds and strips in dainty pieces.

The leaves are yellowish green to dim green on top and shimmering white under. They have three, five or seven pointed projections and are 4-12 in (10.2-30.5 cm) long and nearly as wide. They ambiguously look like bigger renditions of oak leaves, like Quercus species with lobed foliage. Plants in conceal have bigger leaves than those filled in sun. The leaves turn rich shades of red, bronze and purple in harvest time that persevere in winter going with the tenacious dried bloom heads.

Hydrangea quercifolia blossoms are borne in erect panicles 6-12 in (15.2-30.5 cm) tall and 3-5 in (7.6-12.7 cm) wide at branch tips. Blossoms age in shading from smooth white, maturing to pink and by harvest time and winter are a dry, papery corroded brown.

Not at all like bigleaf (Hydrangea macrophylla), bloom tone doesn’t differ with soil pH.

Hydrangea quercifolia and Hydrangea paniculata are the main hydrangeas with cone-formed blossom groups; all the others have their blossoms in ball-molded or level beat bunches, called umbels.[5]

Hydrangea quercifolia is local toward the south eastern United States (Alabama, Florida, Georgia (w.), Louisiana (e.), Mississippi, North Carolina, South Carolina, Tennessee), yet naturalized in different pieces of the US and broadly developed somewhere else.

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Garden history
Hydrangea quercifolia was noted by eighteenth century botanist William Bartram in his botanizing investigation from the Carolinas to the Florida beg in the 1770s.[6] It was delayed to enter British and American nurseries. In Britain it blossoms less lavishly and even has gained notoriety for being tender.[7]

Hydrangea quercifolia is developed as a fancy plant in nurseries and parks. However often considered to be a disengaged subject in gardens, it is at its best in a characteristic or arranged forest natural surroundings against the setting of bigger bushes and trees. It favors inclined toward practically full shade, with morning sun and evening conceal as ideal. It will endure dry spell, yet may not blossom. It lean towards marginally acidic soils with a pH of 5.0-6.5. In the UK the cultivars Snowflake=’Brido'[8] and Snow Queen=’Flemygea'[9] have acquired the Royal Horticultural Society’s Award of Garden Merit.[10]

Its toughness is USDA Zones 5-9, with ‘Snow Queen’ strong to Zone 5, while a few different cultivars may not be.[11] Propagation is through cutting or division; short segments of bunched stems with some root connected will make a little bush in a nursery line.

New or dry, the blooms of Hydrangea quercifolia are appealing as cut blossoms.

Hydrangea quercifolia was proclaimed the authority state wildflower of Alabama in 1999.[12]


White blooming species type

Pink blooming determination

‘Ruby Slippers’ cultivar


Earthy colored blossoms and shaded leaves in harvest time

Spring leaf shoots

^ “NatureServe Explorer”.
^ “Hydrangea quercifolia – Plant Finder”. Retrieved 2021-03-02.
^ “Lady Bird Johnson Wildflower Center – The University of Texas at Austin”. Retrieved 2021-03-02.
^ “Lady Bird Johnson Wildflower Center – The University of Texas at Austin”. Retrieved 2019-01-18.
^ “Floridata”.
^ Alice Coats, Garden Shrubs and Their Histories (1964) 1992, s.v. “Hydrangea”.
^ {{cite web | url = | title = RHS Plantfinder – Hydrangea quercifolia {{{1}}}
^ “RHS Plantfinder – Hydrangea quercifolia Snow Queen=’Flemygea'”. Retrieved 7 March 2018.
^ “AGM Plants – Ornamental” (PDF). Royal Horticultural Society. July 2017. p. 51. Retrieved 3 March 2018.
^ “Hydrangea quercifolia (Oak Leaf Hydrangea, Oakleaf Hydrangea) | North Carolina Extension Gardener Plant Toolbox”. Retrieved 2021-03-02.
^ State Botanical SymbolsBy Alan McPherson, p.3