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Oakleaf HydrangeaHydrangea quercifolia

  • Northern Red Oak - Quercus rubra

The oakleaf hydrangea is a hard-working year-round ornamental shrub. It begins blooming in late spring, with large panicles of white flowers that change to light pink and rose. The foliage turns rich shades of red, orange and purple in the fall. And its peeling bark adds interest in the winter.

This hydrangea makes an attractive landscape border, grouping or massing

Hardiness Zones

The oakleaf hydrangea can be expected to grow in Hardiness Zones 5–9. View Map

Tree Type

This is an ornamental shrub, typically planted for the visual interest and beauty it can bring to landscape.

Mature Size

The oakleaf hydrangea grows to a height of 4–6' and a spread of 4–6' at maturity.

Growth Speed Slow to Medium Growth Rate

This shrub grows at a slow to medium rate, with height increases of anywhere from less than 12" to 24" per year.

Sun Preference

Full sun and partial shade are best for this shrub, meaning it prefers a minimum of 4 hours of direct, unfiltered sunlight each day.

Soil Preference

The oakleaf hydrangea grows in acidic, loamy, moist, rich, sandy, silty loam and well-drained soils


This shrub:
  • Produces 4–12" panicles of white flowers that change to light pink and rose in late spring.
  • Features deep green leaves that are serrate and often slightly lobed.
  • Provides nice fall color in rich shades of red, orange and purple.
  • Grows in a rounded shape.


It was introduced in 1803.