Deciduous, North American shrub
Description: Pyramidal clusters of white flowers in mid-summer, changing to purplish pink and finally brown; spectacular fall color: red, orange-brown, and purple; attractive cinnamon-colored bark
Habit: Grows 4 to 8 feet high and wide; upright, arching habit
Culture: Prefers sun to part shade and moist, fertile, well-drained, mulched soil
Hardiness: Cold hardy to USDA Zone 5
Origin: North America
Attributes: Fall color, Attractive bark
Oakleaf Hydrangea is native from Georgia to Mississippi. The American naturalist, William Bartram, discovered this shrub in 1776 and was the first to illustrate it. Although introduced into England in 1803 by the Philadelphia plant enthusiast, William Hamilton, the Scottish naturalist John Lyon was responsible for exporting large quantities of this shrub collected during his travels in Florida. Oakleaf Hydrangea was illustrated in Curtis's Botanical Magazine in 1806.