A large lacecap white bloom of Alice oakleaf hydrangea
photo of Michael A. Dirr, Ph.D

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Michael A. Dirr, Ph.D
University of Georgia


Hydrangea - Oakleaf

Hydrangea quercifolia


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A large lacecap white bloom of Alice oakleaf hydrangea
  • Native
  • Good fall color
  • Shade tolerant

Alice' is a strong growing selection from Dr. Mike Dirr with large 12" white panicles. Dark green foliage and burgundy fall color. Native to North America.

USDA Zone 5 - 9 (-20°F/-28.9°C)

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Exposure Full sun, Part sun

Height 6 - 10'

Width 6 - 10'

Finish Time 1 season

Type Deciduous

Bloom Time Summer

Flower Color White

Foliage Color Green

Liner Sizes 4"

Soil Best in moist, well-drained soil, but quite adaptable to any site except excessively wet ones.

Pruning Oakleaf hydrangea blooms on old wood, so it is generally best to avoid any kind of regular pruning or trimming. May be pruned selectively as needed to develop a more striking habit.

Uses Mixed borders; woodland gardens; informal hedges and screens; foundation plantings.

Growing Tips Oakleaf hydrangeas are perhaps the most shade-tolerant hydrangea, though blooming and fall color are best with at least some sun each day. They bloom on old wood and exhibit better bud hardiness than other old wood bloomers. These plants perform far better in the landscape than in the container/nursery environment, so don't be put off by a plant that looks less than enticing in its pot. It will redeem itself rapidly once planted in the ground.