Hydrangea quercifolia

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Natural Range in Florida
USDA Zones

Suitable to grow in:
8A 8B 9A 9B 

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Oak-leaf Hydrangea


Plant Specifics

Size:2.5 to 12 ft tall by 2.0 to 5.0 ft wide
Life Span:Long-lived perennial
Flower Color:White
Fruit Color:Brown
Phenology:Deciduous, blooms in late spring-summer.
Habitats:Dry-moist sites. Upland hardwood forests and understory.


Recommended Uses:Specimen shrub in understory settings.  Also suited to mass plantings. May be short-lived and need more TLC when planted south of its native range.
Light: Part Shade,  Shade
Moisture Tolerance:
always floodedextremely dry
Moisture Tolerance: Usually moist, occasional inundation ----- to ----- Not wet but not extremely dry
Salt Water Flooding Tolerance:Not salt tolerant of inundation by salty or brackish water.
Salt Spray Tolerance:Low/no tolerance of salty wind or direct salt spray
Soil/Substrate:Clay, Loam, Sand



Attracts native bees including bumblebees,  syrphid flies, and honeybees.

Pollinators attracted to the small fertile flowers (the large flowers are sterile) (Coleen Miko).