Alice Oakleaf Hydrangea

Hydrangea quercifolia 'Alice'

Hydrangeaceae sometimes Saxifragaceae

Alice Oakleaf Hydrangea
A vigorous and reliable Oakleaf Hydrangea selection with sturdy stems and good sun tolerance. The 10-14" white bloom panicles, with individual blooms as large as a half-dollar, are borne in spring and fade to pink. Oakleaf Hydrangeas are beloved in the garden not only for their blooms but they also have the beautiful oak-leaf shaped foliage, which turns to shades of pink, red, burgundy, and purple in fall along with the interesting peeling bark on older stems.

Good drainage in a moderately loamy, humus rich soil and a consistent supply of moisture during dry periods are key considerations to success for Hydrangea quercifolia. An organic mulch goes a long way toward helping maintaining consistent and even moisture levels and once the Oakleaf Hydrangea is well established it is more resistant to periodic dry spells. In cooler more northerly latitudes the Oakleaf Hydrangea is known to tolerate more sun. As you move into hotter climates more shaded conditions are generally preferred for this species and its cultivars. Filtered shade and afternoon shade are preferred over heavy shade. Where the Oakleaf Hydrangea gets some sunlight it will typically have the most intense fall foliage colors. Checkout 'Oakleafs are Homesteading Along Sara's Branch' at SFA Gardens by Dr. Dave Creech.

For more information on growing and selecting Hydrangeas below are some excellent online resources:
'Hydrangea Questions and Answers' from The US National Arboretum
'Growing Bigleaf Hydrangea' from the UGA Extension by Gary L. Wade
'Check Out This Alternative Hydrangea' (Oakleaf Hydrangea) from LSU Agcenter by Richard Bogren
'Hydrangeas Provide Color in the Shade' from LSU Agcenter by Dan Gill
'Hydrangea Selection, Pruning, and Care' from Virginia Cooperative Extension by Mike Andruczyk
'Hydrangeas' from Alabama Cooperative Extension Service by Kerry Smith, Jerry Chenault, and Kenneth Tilt

Dr. Michael Dirr's book Hydrangeas for American Gardens, ISBN 0- 88192-641-8, is probably the most in depth publication covering practically all Hydrangea species and all but the newest cultivars.

Grows To: 6-12'H x 6-12'W

USDA Cold Hardiness Zones: 5,6,7,8

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Outdoor Light: AM sun, Part shade, Light shade

pH Range: Acidic, Neutral, Alkaline

Soil & Moisture: Average moist to semi-moist, well-drained soils.

Deer Resistance: Sometimes Bothered

Native To / Origin: US-SE

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This plant may be toxic to humans and/or animals, click here for details

Please be advised that humans and/or animals may have allergic reactions if part(s) of this plant are consumed or by coming into contact with sap from bruised or broken plant parts: Flowers, Buds - Highly Toxic if Ingested, Sap - Eye Irritation and/or Dermatitis

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