Hydrangea quercifolia 'Alice' - Alice Oakleaf Hydrangea
DESCRIPTIONAlice Oakleaf Hydrangea
Hydrangea quercifolia 'Alice'
Rugged, oak-like leaves cover this rounded shrub and provide the backdrop for huge, arching pyramidal stacks of white flowers that stand up to 14" above the foliage in late summer. In fall, foliage turns a dramatic deep burgundy while exfoliating cinnamon bark adds interest during the winter months.
- Fantastic, deep maroon fall color
- Great cover and nesting for birds
- Superb single or massed in the landscape
- Large white flowers, up to 14" for cutting and drying
- Huge foliage and flowers add a unique garden texture
Moist, semi-shaded areas from North Carolina and Tennessee, south to the Florida Panhandle, and west to Louisiana.
Map Credit: The Biota of North America
MAP KEY: Green (native), Teal (native, adventive), Blue (present), Yellow (present & rare), Red (extinct)
If you garden in the shade or a woodland, downed trees, a brush pile and/or a pile of jumbled rocks provide inviting homes for all kinds of wildlife and can add to the rustic, natural look of a landscape.
Grows best in average to medium moisture, well-drained soil in part shade although it is quite adaptable to different soil types except for very dry. Tolerates more sun the northern part of it’s range. Blooms on new wood so you may cut it back in late winter to 1-2’ to keep the shrub looking young and vigorous.