Taking Care of Oakleaf Hydrangeas

The foliage on Oakleaf hydrangeas make them very recognizable in the garden. The leaves are lobed and resemble oak tree leaves (the species name, quercifolia means "oakleaf" in Latin).

As you’ve learned through our series, most hydrangeas prefer a location with sun and well-draining soil with lots of nutrients. An area that receives morning sun and afternoon shade is an ideal place for planting an oakleaf hydrangea (h. quercifolia).

Pruning should be done in spring in areas of the plant that receive winter damage.

One of the best features of this plant is the changing foliage that transitions from green to deep red-bronze in autumn; flowers will turn from white to rosy pink. Oakleaf hydrangeas also provide winter interest in the garden with its tan-brown exfoliating bark.

Pee Wee

A beautiful dwarf variety perfect for smaller gardens and containers. White spring flowers will fade to pink and cinnamon-coloured bark in the winter. This variety makes an excellent addition to borders or in group plantings.

Gatsby Star®

Double blooms are similar to other varieties, but the petals are pointed instead of rounded, resulting in a lacy, showy, plant. This plant adds a touch of drama to woodland gardens.

Gatsby Star Hydrangea. Photo: Proven Winners

Snow Queen

Large 6-8 inch long clusters of white flowers are held on top of the dark green oak-shaped foliage. In the case of extreme heat, be sure to water weekly or more if necessary.

Gatsby Gal®

A compact hydrangea filled with flowers – perfect for small space gardens – that blooms from early summer to late summer. Foliage will turn to a deep pink colour in autumn.

By: Kayla-Jane Barrie