The Oakleaf Hydrangea is a species of hydrangea native to the southeastern United States. The leaves loosely resemble those of the Red Oak tree (Quercus rubra), giving this plant has a distinctive texture. Hardy to Zone 5 this hydrangea is a thinly and irregularly branched upright growing shrub. At maturity the Oakleaf Hydrangea measures 4 to 6 feet in height and equaled in width.
Blooming June through July the fragrant flowers emerge a creamy white that then turn pink/purple and then finally brown. The most striking feature of this shrub is not its flowers but the coarse textured foliage. The oppositely arranged leaves emerge green often a glossy green then changing to varying shades of purple, red and orange brown. Planted in sun to part shade this hydrangea does best planted in a border or mass planting not necessarily a individual specimen plant.