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Hydrangea quercifolia ‘Gatsby Gal’ (photo courtesy of Proven Winners)
Hydrangea quercifolia ‘Gatsby Gal’ (photo courtesy of Proven Winners)

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Hydrangea quercifolia

Oakleaf Hydrangea
Hydrangeaceae (Saxifragaceae)
Deciduous, Shrubs


Big, bold leaves and large clusters of long-lasting flowers in white, pink, red, or blue. Summer and fall bloom. Flower clusters may contain sterile flowers (conspicuous, with large, petal-like sepals) or fertile flowers (small, starry petaled); or they may feature a cluster of small fertile flowers surrounded by a ring of big sterile ones (these are called lacecap hydrangeas). Sterile flowers last for a long time (often holding up for months), gradually fading in color.

Hydrangea quercifolia

Broad, rounded shrub to 6 ft. tall and 8 ft. wide,with handsome, deeply lobed, 8-in.-long leaves that resemble those of oaks and turn bronze or crimson in fall. Elongated clusters of white flowers (to 8 in. long) in late spring and early summer turn pinkish purple as they age; fertile flowers are usually concealed by larger sterile flowers.

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