Hydrangea quercifolia – The Oak Leaved Hydrangea

Hydrangea quercifolia

Before I moved to this neck of the woods my opinion of hydrangeas veered between ‘ambivalent’ and ‘unimpressed’.  Slowly, however, I have been won over, especially by some of the less grown varieties.  One of these is the oak-leaved hydrangea, Hydrangea quercifolia.  Above is a toothed leaf, yet to succumb to autumn metamorphosis, set-off beautifully by its far more advanced bronze colleague below.  Anyone who is hydrangea-phobic should test their resolve by taking a closer look at this North American native. Impressive deeply lobbed leaves turn shades of red and purple and bronze in the autumn, upside down ice cream cones of pure white flowers which fade to pink appear in summer.   It is far more tolerant of both sun and dry soils than its cousin the more common mophead, Hydrangea macrophylla.  Both beautiful and adaptable.  Irresistible.

19 thoughts on “Hydrangea quercifolia – The Oak Leaved Hydrangea

  1. Hydrangeas are some of my favourite plants. I even love how dramatically they droop when they’re thirsty (it’s good they can give us a hint). You’ve fallen for a particularly pretty one.

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  2. I like hydrangeas, which were one of my mum’s favourites. I’m hoping that the one on the plot will do better, and hopefully even flower, once I move it in the spring. xx

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  3. There seems to be a sort of snobbery around Hydrangeas. Somehow they are regarded as somewhat subpar, or even tacky. Too easy, perhaps. I’ve always enjoyed the colour changes that can occur, even in a single plant in a single season. White to pink to red. Green to white. Blue to pink to burgundy. Fascinating.

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