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A Guide to Oakleaf & Climbing Hydrangeas

Oakleaf hydrangeas are bold and hardy.

Oakleaf Hydrangeas (Hydrangea quercifolia) are a dramatic, white-blooming shrub with four seasons of interest. It blooms best in areas where summers are somewhat hot, but it is more winter hardy than the macrophylla (mophead). A tremendous advantage of the Oakleaf is that it can thrive in much dryer locations than its cousins, however, it does not like ‘wet-feet’. The Oakleaf gets its name from the shape of its beautiful large leaves. These leaves often turn colors of brilliant red, orange, yellow and burgundy in the fall if planted in a sunny location with a little afternoon shade. The Oakleaf hydrangea can tolerate and even thrive in much sunnier areas than the mophead and lacecaps (macrophyllas).

Gatsby Moon

This very large hydrangea can grow to 6 - 8’ tall & wide. A winning hydrangea that sports tightly packed, very full, showy flowers that last most of the summer. The double florets start out creamy white, then turn more lime green towards the end of summer.

Oakleaf Hydrangeas

Ruby Slippers

This is a compact variety that is noted for it’s size and colour. A perfect oakleaf hydrangea for smaller spaces. It is an easy care shrub with an impactful presence. Covered in stocky flowers that first appear white & then mature into a striking deep rose.

Oakleaf Hydrangeas

Gatsby Pink

These native hydrangeas are less maintenance & also attract beneficial pollinating insects. The bush has very big, glorious flowers that start off pure white & quickly transform to a stand-out pink. Dark green foliage turns an exceptional burgundy-red in fall.

Oakleaf Hydrangeas

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Climbing Hydrangeas - Hydrangea anomala Petiolaris

A vigorous, handsome climbing vine that clings to surfaces by aerial rootlets. It has a slow growing, shrubby habit until established, then becomes quite vigorous, producing long, fast growing stems. With its clinging habit, it needs no trellis and will extend up to a second story with ease. Lush, green, heart shaped foliage is blanketed with magnificent flat, lacy clusters of fragrant small white blooms in summer. Beautiful contrast to the lustrous, bright green, glossy leaves.

Japanese Climbing Hydrangeas - Schzopragma hydrangeaoides Moonlight

Though, not a true hydrangea, this unique vine resembles a climbing hydrangea and has the same requirements. The silvery, blue-green, heart-shaped leaves are topped with fragrant, creamy-white, lace cap, hydrangea-like flowers, in early summer. Grows 10 to 15 feet tall and 3 to 4 feet wide. A self-clinging vine with a woody stem. Grow in fertile, well-drained soil; shade to sun. It can be trained on a fence or trellis, or allowed to trail off of a retaining wall or slope. This is a lovely, woody vine for any landscape!

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