Hydrangea Oak LeafScientific Name: Hydrangea quercifolia
Best Planted In Zone: 5-9
The Oak Leaf Hydrangea (also called Oak Leaf Hortensia) is a deciduous flowering shrub known for its large, leathery oak leaf shaped foliage which turn from green to various shades of purple, red or bronze in the fall. These beautiful plants typically grow to heights (and spreads) of 4 to 6 feet but have been known to grow larger. The flowering blooms of these hydrangeas grow into beautiful (and long lasting) white clusters which fade to a colorful pinkish-brown in the fall. Oak leaf branches are known to shoot out from the center in all directions, and their exfoliating bark adds a nice visual touch in the winter. Hydrangeas are salt tolerant shrubs that can withstand strong wind gusts, making them great for coastline landscapes! USDA ZONES: Zone 5, Zone 6, Zone 7, Zone 8, Zone 9.
Most PlantMeGreen shrubs can be shipped and planted any time of year, unless the variety is specified as only seasonal delivery. Packages are typically shipped within 7-10 days from the time of your order. You will receive a tracking email upon confirmation of your PlantMeGreen purchase. On some occasions, severe weather and other unusual issues can delay shipping and delivery of your PlantMeGreen package. Delivery time cannot be guaranteed, if a package needs to arrive prior to a specific date, or at a more convenient time for you, please notate that upon placement of your order.
First, decide on a planting location. Consider carefully what kind of sun, soil, and growing-space your tree or shrub will need. Once you've located the perfect spot, the hole you are digging must be at least double the width and as deep as the root system you are planting. The top of the root system should be level with the ground. Before placing the tree or shrub in the hole, use your hands to gently break up the root system. Once the tree is in place, backfill the hole with native soil and any leftover potting material. Pack down the soil to eliminate any air pockets. When finished, water thoroughly. To insure your plants a successful growth rate and productive life, plant your seedlings per the instructions included in your PlantMeGreen package.
Hydrangeas grow best in well drained, slightly acidic soils with plenty of humus (a type of compost) added. In the south more shade is best while in the north less is better. A good mulch is recommended especially in the south (to keep the roots cool) and pruning off any dead or dying leaves, stems or blooms is recommended. Most growers space them between 3 and 4 feet (for best results). Like most shrubs, they love regular watering but NOT heavily moistened soil. Fertilizing may not be necessary when using good soil but a slow release type applied once (early in the spring) is recommended ( a “10-10-10” fertilizer applied twice in the summer can do ok and is cheaper). Local gardening shops usually have several good choices, and your county extension office can test soil samples if you feel that it may be necessary. Side note: Hydrangeas grow the prettiest blooms when the soil is less alkaline and more acidic plus they bloom better in the future when pruning is kept to a minimum.