Hydrangea - Oakleaf

Hydrangea quercifolia

'Brother Edward'

USPP 25,413; CBR 5348

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  • Native
  • Mophead blooms
  • Shade tolerant

Gatsby Moon® oakleaf hydrangea has huge mophead flowers that give a distinctive, showy look to this beloved native species. The tightly packed, pure white florets create very full, conical panicles with a unique pillowy effect. As the bloom ages, it turns a nice shade of green that lasts through summer.

5 - 9 (-20°F/-28.9°C)
Full sun, Part sun
6 - 8'
6 - 8'
Finish Time
1 season
Bloom Time
Flower Color
Foliage Color
Liner Sizes
4", Quick Turn


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


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.


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.