Gardener's Notes

Hydrangea Quercifolia (Oak Leaf Hydrangea)

February 9, 2018
Early spring growth on Oak Leaf Hydrangea
Early spring growth on Oak Leaf Hydrangea

Oak Leaf Hydrangea

This weeks favorite is from Amber.  Most of you know Amber from the Greenfield Maineville store.  Recently she has moved into the office here at Greenfield and helps make sure that everything is running smoothly.  She is a true plant lover, and it was difficult getting her to commit to a favorite;)

Amber chose the Oakleaf Hydrangea, known as Hydrangea quercifolia. Oak Leaf Hydrangea are just one part of a very large and easy to grow plant family.  There are 5 main types of hydrangea that are grown around the Cincinnati area, and all of them do very well here.

  • Oakleaf - Hydrangea quercifolia
  • Big Leaf - Hydrangea macrophylla
  • Panicle - Hydrangea paniculata
  • Smooth - Hydrangea arborescens
  • Climbing - Hydrangea petiolaris

For more detail on Hydrangea types and characteristics, check out this link: 

Oak Leaf Hydrangea in early fall
Oak Leaf Hydrangea in early fall

Oak Leaf Hydrangea - Hydrangea quercifolia

Oakleaf Hydrangea are a bit different than the other types.  They are a native plant, and thrive in full sun to partial shade conditions.  They have big, coarse foliage that makes them a great addition to finer foliage plants like spruce and boxwood.  They are right at home along a woodland edge or a streambank, and once established are very low maintenance.  There are varieties that are low growers (less than 4 feet) and there are varieties like 'Snow Queen' that can easily get to 6 feet tall and wide.

They have beautiful pyramidal panicles of white blooms in early summer that persist for a very long time and fade to a delicate pink.  All summer they have lush, huge dark green leaves.  But the real show is in the fall, when the leaves turn all shades of oranges, reds, bronzes and yellows.  A wonderful plant.

Here at Greenfield we grow a huge variety of Hydrangea.  Here are some of the varieties we are growing for 2017: 

Hydrangea quercifolia 'Munchkin'                                              Hydrangea paniculata 'Honeycomb'

Hydrangea q. 'Pee Wee'                                                            Hydrangea p. 'Sweet Summer'

Hydrangea q. 'Ruby Slippers'                                                     Hydrangea p. 'Tickled Pink'   

Hydrangea q. 'Snow Queen'                                                       Hydrangea p. 'Unique'

Hydrangea q. 'Snow Flake'                                                         Hydrangea p. 'Mega Mindy'

Hydrangea macrophylla 'All Summer Beauty'                              Hydrangea p. 'Strawberry Sundae'

Hydrangea m. 'Bloomstruck'                                                      Hydrangea p. 'Vanilla Strawberry'

Hydrangea m. 'Endless Summer'                                                Hydrangea p. 'Quickfire'

Hydrangea m. 'Blushing Bride'                                                   Hydrangea p. 'Limelight' and 'Little Lime'

 Hydrangea m. 'Glowing Embers'                                               Hydrangea p. 'Pink Diamond'

Hydrangea m. Next Generation 'Red Sensation'                          Hydrangea p. 'Passionate'

Hydrangea m. Next Generation 'Wedding Ring'                           Hydrangea villosa