Alice Oakleaf Hydrangea

Alice Oakleaf Hydrangea
Common Name:
Alice Oakleaf Hydrangea
Botanical Name:
Hydrangea quercifolia 'Alice'
Bloom Time:
June, May
Bloom Description:
Creamy-white flowers decorate a 10-14" long inflorescence in early summer and mature to a pinkish-rose color as the season progresses.
Trail/Garden Location:
Art Trail, East Terrace, North Lawn
Garden Uses:
This large shrub is used in our garden for back-drop plantings. The flower and striking fall foliage color make this a great candidate for a foundation planting or as a specimen in a home garden. They prefer afternoon shade (especially in the south), but can grow in the full sun, although they tend to show premature fall color in late summer when stressed. Moist to average soil is best for this species. If you do choose to prune (I don't, as the form is beautiful), they bloom off of old wood, so prune immediately after flowering.
Wildlife Benefits:
Used as a source of nectar for some pollinating species. Turkey’s browse the seeds in the fall.
Leaf Type:
The 8-10" leaves are lobed with moderately-deep sinuses. The dark green summer foliage turns burgundy to red, which provides a seasonal interest in autumn. This species has one of the best fall colors in our garden!