Shrub of the Week: Oak Leaf Hydrangea

Hydrangea quercifolia: “Unlike the more familiar Annabelle hydrangea , this Oak leaf hydrangea has the characteristic leaf that looks a bit like an oak leaf and has the large conical flowers. The two most popular varieties available are Snow Queen and Alice. If you want to prune for size snd shape, do so right after flowering as they bloom on old wood. This happy Oak Park hydrangea lights up a front porch, faces east, and is shaded in the afternoon. In my experience, this siting seems to yield the best results.”

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