Oakleaf Hydrangea (Hydrangea quercifolia)

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Oakleaf Hydrangea (Hydrangea quercifolia)

This medium-sized shrub is a southeastern US Coastal Plain native commonly planted in North Carolina but very rarely escaping. It is not native to North Carolina, but one population in northwestern South Carolina may be native.

Planted specimen, Durham, NC 5/24/2009.

Oakleaf Hydrangea (Hydrangea quercifolia)

Planted specimen, Durham, NC 5/24/2009.

Oakleaf Hydrangea (Hydrangea quercifolia)

Planted specimen, Durham, NC 5/24/2009.

Oakleaf Hydrangea (Hydrangea quercifolia)

Planted specimen, Durham, NC 5/24/2009.

Oakleaf Hydrangea (Hydrangea quercifolia) Snow Queen

Planted specimen, Chapel Hill, NC 5/29/03.

Oakleaf Hydrangea (Hydrangea quercifolia) Snow Queen

Planted specimen of the 'Snow Queen' cultivar, showing the persistent bracts, long after flowering.

Chapel Hill, NC 7/17/05.

More information:
NC State
USDA PLANTS database
University of Connecticut
Virginia Tech Dendrology

Trees, Shrubs, and Woody Vines of North Carolina

cwcook@duke.edu

All photographs and text ©2011 by Will Cook unless otherwise indicated