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Oakleaf Hydrangea, quercifolia 'Alice'

Oakleaf Hydrangea 'Alice' has big blooms and huge, distinctive oak-like leaves, making this an outstanding combination. It is the most robust oakleaf around!

The native oakleaf hydrangea, H. quercifolia, is the best all round shrub for shade – everyone should have at least one! The Oakleaf hydrangea is one of the few hydrangeas native to the United States. We are offering 'Alice' native oakleaf hydrangea, a superior form that has larger flowers, better fall color, and very disease resistant leaves. 'Alice' was introduced into commerce by Michael Dirr, through his Georgia Plant Introduction Program. Huge, long-lasting, upright pyramids of arching, white flowers bloom from June through fall and change to pink for even longer interest and then brown by late summer. It is an upright, deciduous shrub with a broad rounded habit, which typically grows 5-8' tall and as wide. Distinctive, deeply-lobed, deep green, oak-like leaves (to 8" long).

The leaves turn to attractive shades of bronze, maroon and purple in autumn. Mature stems exfoliate to reveal a rich brown inner bark, which is attractive in winter – true four-season plant. This is a good large specimen or accent for foundations or other locations near homes or patios. Group or mass in shrub borders or naturalize in open woodland areas. Good informal hedge.

Plant Details +

Botanical Hydrangea quercifolia
Common Name Oakleaf Hydrangea
Family Hydrangeaceae (hydrangea Family)
Height 5-8'
Spacing 5-8'
Hardiness Zones 5-9
Exposure Partial shade. Hydrangeas benefit from some shade in the middle of the afternoon, especially in hotter regions.
Foliage Rich green, oakleaf-shaped
Flower White fading to pink flowers
Bloomtime Summer to early fall

General Information +

General Characteristics: Hydrangea quercifolia, commonly called oak leaf hydrangea, is an upright, broad-rounded, suckering, multi-stemmed, deciduous shrub that typically grows 4-6' (less frequently to 8') tall. It is native to bluffs, moist woods, ravines and stream banks from Georgia to Florida to Louisiana. It is noted for producing pyramidal panicles of white flowers in summer on exfoliating branches clad with large, 3-7 lobed, oak-like, dark green leaves. Easily grown in organically rich, medium moisture, well-drained soils in full sun to part shade. Appreciates a summer mulch which helps retain soil moisture. Bloom occurs on old wood. Prune after flowering (little pruning is usually needed however). Prune out weak or winter-damaged stems in early spring. Plants should be given a sheltered location and winter protection (e.g., mulch, burlap wrap) in USDA Zone 5, particularly when not fully established. Plants can lose significant numbers of flower buds or die to the ground in harsh winters (temperatures below -10 degrees F), thus respectively impairing or totally destroying the bloom for the coming year.

Planting/Care Instructions +

Planting Instructions: Dig a hole large enough to encompass the roots without bending or circling. Set the plant in place so the crown (part of the plant where the root meets the stem) is about 1-2 inches below the soil surface. When planting your hydrangea, the crown (where the stem meets the roots) should be placed just below ground level. Planting deeper can cause the roots to rot. Cover with soil to the original soil surface and water thoroughly. Once the shrub is placed in the hole, tamp soil down around it and water.

Pests or Diseases: No serious insect or disease problems. Some susceptibility to leaf blight. Aphids are occasional visitors.