Hydrangea quercifolia

oak-leaf hydrangea



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Plant Specifics

Form: shrub
Life Span: long-lived perennial
Size: Height: 2.5 to 12 ft    Width: 2.0 to 5.0 ft
Flower Color: flower color      white
Fruit Color: fruit color      brown
Phenology: deciduous
Noted for: Showy flowers, interesting foliage, interesting bark


Recommended Uses: Specimen tree in understory setting.
Considerations: Keep out of direct sunlight other than early morning.
Propagation: Softwood cuttings can be rooted by dusting the cutting with root hormone, then removing most of the fully developed leaves, cutting the remaining developed leaves in half. Place the cutting in a potting mix and tent the entire moistened assembly with a thin plastic (produce), bag. Keep the bag in place and moist until rooting occurs. Air layering is another effective way to propagate. It will also colonize using underground stolons.
Availability: Native nurseries, FNPS plant sales
Light: light requirement   light requirement  
Moisture Tolerance:
Soil or other substrate: Sand, clay, loam
Soil pH Range: 4.5 to 7.4


Native Habitats: Dry-moist sites. Upland hardwood forests and understory. While listed on the USF Plant Atlas for Marion County, review of the specimen data indicates that the Marion County specimen was from an abandoned lot on a road corner, likely an old homestead.

Distribution and Planting Zones

Natural Range in Florida

USDA Zones:

USDA zones are based on minimum winter temperatures

Suitable to grow in:

Other Comments:

The bark of oakleaf hydrangea exfoliates and is very beautiful. The leaves turn a variety of vivid colors prior to dropping in winter.