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Oakleaf Hydrangea, Hydrangea quercifolia

Common Name: Oakleaf Hydrangea

Type: shrub

Family: Hydrangeaceae

Zone: 5 to 9     Find Your Zone

Height: 4 to 5 feet

Width: 5 to 6 feet

Bloom Time: mid-summer

Bloom Color: white

Sun exposure: Partial shade to shade

Fall Color: deep red-bronze foliage

Soil: acidic to slightly acidic, well drained

Leaves: deciduous

Fertilizer: Holly-tone and ACR food for acid loving plants


Oakleaf Hydrangea tolerates dryer soil far better than other Hydrangeas. It tolerates a good deal of shade as well. You can get this plant as a single or double bloomer and in dwarf varieties as well. Like most other Hydrangeas, Oakleaf blooms off of old growth, therefore pruning must be done immediately after blooming.Take a look at our 11 Shade Loving Shrubs.


STEP 1: Digging the hole

  • Find a location that has suitable sun exposure for your particular type of plant.
  • Dig your hole an inch or two shallower than the rootball of the plant.
  • Dig the hole twice the diameter of the rootball.
  • Scuff up the sides of the hole with a shovel to help roots break through the native soil.

STEP 2: Putting plant in hole

  • When removing the plant from the pot, check to see if the roots were circling the pot.
  • If the plant is rootbound, gently break up the roots with your hands until loosened up.
  • Set plant level, in the center of the hole.
  • Make sure the top of the rootball is just above soil level.

STEP 3: Amending the soil and filling in the hole

  • Amend the soil with proper amendments for your soil type. 
  • Incorporate 50% native soil with 50% amendment soils like garden soil, composted manure or soil conditioner.
  • Make sure dirt clods are broken up or removed from hole along with rocks.
  • Fill the hole with soils to the soil level and pack down. Do not cover top of rootball with dirt.
  • Water in thoroughly to remove air pockets.

STEP 4: Mulching and fertilizing

  • Cover the planting site with at least 2 inches of the mulch of your choice (pinestraw, cupress mulch,etc.)
  • High Phosphorus root stimulator fertilizers like Quick Start from Miracle Gro are great to use at time of planting.

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Bigleaf Hydrangea

Endless Summer Hydrangea

Climbing Hydrangea

Types of Hydrangeas

 Why Your Hydrangeas Aren't Blooming

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Posted 2015-06-11T16:08:02+0000  by Ingar_HD_ATL Ingar_HD_ATL