Oakleaf hydrangea is an excellent addition to your yard that is not only beautiful but easy to grow, but it's lovely. Unlike many other types of hydrangea, oakleaf hydrangea is native to the United States and blooms almost year-round. This plant can brighten up anyone's yard or garden.
The oakleaf hydrangea prefers well-drained, fertile soil and blooms best in partial shade or full sun. This shrub tolerates drought conditions well and also grows in sandy soils better than other hydrangeas. It also needs little pruning throughout the year.
Oakleaf hydrangea is beautiful placed in mass plantings or used as a border hedge. It also goes well with porches, decks, and patios. This shrub is pretty enough to use as a specimen tree in a focal point in your yard, as well. While the foliage and blooms are lovely, this hydrangea also has attractive bark that makes it especially appealing. In the winter, the bark peels away to reveal a chocolate brown layer of velvety bark that accents any home landscape setting. Home gardeners who like to take fresh cuttings from their plants for decorating will love oakleaf hydrangea. They can be cut and dried to create gorgeous centerpieces that look great anywhere in your home.