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Mississippi Native: Oakleaf Hydrangea

(Hydrangea quercifolia)

Downloadable Brochure: OAKLEAF HYDRANGEA

Description:

Flower clusters are a greenish color before turning white. Later in the year, white blooms turn a purple/rose color. Leaves are coarse, green, and shaped like a red oak. Bark is dark brown, naturally peeling on the larger plants. The oakleaf hydrangea has multiple stems and forms in colonies.

Season:

This perennial blooms in June and July, staying green until the middle of winter. The seed begins forming in the summer and finishes forming in the fall. Leaves give a colorful display in the fall.

Size:

The oakleaf hydrangea grows to heights of 3 to 12 feet. 

Habitat:

This plant is found on the banks of rivers and in moist woodland habitats. 

Interesting Facts:

Parts of this native shrub are poisonous. It has very little benefit to wildlife, and seeds must dry completely on the plant before they can be collected.

This plant is popular in landscaping projects.

Planting Tips:

Plant using seeds or cuttings. The oakleaf hydrangea needs well-drained, moist soil and part shade. Every 2 to 3 years, cut to the ground to keep the shrub small. Wind and ice can break brittle, weak portions of the plant.

 

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