Hydrangea - Oakleaf

Hydrangea quercifolia


USPP 27879; CBR 5639

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  • Native
  • Very colorful
  • Shade tolerant

White blooms turn showy deep pink. Simply remarkable, Gatsby Pink® oakleaf hydranga boasts big showy blooms which transform from pure white to a deep true pink. Color develops early and persists through the season. The dark green foliage turns mahogany-red in autumn. Another great plant developed by Powell Gardens of Kingsville, MO. Native.

USDA Zone 5 - 9 (-20°F/-28.9°C)

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Exposure Full sun, Part sun

Height 6 - 8'

Width 6 - 8'

Finish Time 1 season

Type Deciduous

Bloom Time Summer

Flower Color White, Pink

Foliage Color Green

Liner Sizes 4", Quick Turn

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.