Oak Leaf Hydrangea

by Amy Stafford on July 5, 2012

The first time I saw one of these plants was at the Flower Show here in Cincinnati.  My friend Tami (who is an amazing gardner) was at my side and knew all about this giant with the surprising blooms.  If seeing it hadn’t sold me, Tami’s glowing recomendation did.  Nothing like talking plants with someone who gets as excited as you to try a new plant in the garden.  I think that is one reason gardening is such a passion for me, the constant morphing and shifting and trial and error.  There is something new everyday and Oak Leaf Hydrangea offer you something with every season.

They usually start their blooming in early summer start out green.  Their distinguishing characteristic is its oak leaf-shaped foliage. The leathery leaves are large and turn purple, orangey-bronze or red in the fall.

Come midsummer they are putting on a show of brilliant white blooms fading to a beautiful pink tint color by the end of the season.  The older the plant the darker the pink color. Come fall the leaves start to turn a brilliant red color.  The blooms and flowers will stay on the plant well into winter. Making these beauties a four season treat!

Oak Leaf Hydrangeas like to be planted in morning sun and afternoon shade.  That being said mine only get a few hours broken sun in the morning and are thriving.  They can grow up to 6-8′ tall, mine are just over 5′ but they are ever bit of 8′ wide.  They need a lot of room to spread out.

The oak leaf hydrangea is easy to grow and practically disease and insect free. Once established, the oak leaf hydrangea is drought tolerant. Pruning should take place immediately after flowering, as buds are set in the early fall. The oak leaf hydrangea will bloom heavily, even in the shade.

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Candace Ashton July 5, 2012 at 8:37 am

Amy, what do you feed yours? For the past few years, I’ve been using Holly Tone in the early spring. This year, the leaves are a bit smaller and lighter green than they should be. My local nursery person says they are stressed because last year we had too much rain and this year not enough. I feed them in the spring and I water them every few days if no rain. Any suggestions? BTW,. I LOVE THESE PLANTS!!

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AmySue July 5, 2012 at 3:47 pm

Hi Candace,
I love them too, so beautiful. I have never fed mine and have left them alone most of the time. I know that if the soil around your roots is not draining it will cause your plants to be yellow. Is the soil heavy in clay?? If so, you will have to add compost, and or peat moss to allow the water to dry out between waterings. Hope that helps!

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thesalemgarden July 6, 2012 at 5:32 am

I need more space! these are beautiful..

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