Hydrangea quercifolia, the Oakleaf Hydrangea, is a very handsome and versatile deciduous shrub that provides a spectacular show all year round. Named after the shape of its beautiful leaves, it produces a profusion of magnificent panicles of creamy-white flowers up to 30 cm, in late spring and early summer. The elongated flower clusters last between 3-4 weeks and gradually turn pink as autumn approaches. Once autumn hits the oak-like leaves take centre stage, turning bronze, burgundy or crimson, making this flowering shrub one of the most attractive features of the autumn garden.
With several outstanding cultivars on the market such as Hydrangea quercifolia ‘Pee Wee’ and ‘Snowflake’, Oakleaf Hydrangeas are a great candidate for mass planting, hedges, mixed shrubs borders, as a backdrop or accent plant.
A fantastic woodland plant that thrives in part shade Hydrangea quercifolia tolerates some hot sun and dry conditions. They grow to approximately 1.5 metres in height and width, performing best in fertile, well drained soils.
These beautiful Hydrangeas added the perfect finishing touch to our Balwyn garden design and are certainly a plant that we will continue to use for future landscape design projects.