Oakleaf Hydrangea is one of the hardiest native Hydrangea that we have here in the Southeast. Once established is grows easily in most areas. It will grow in full sun to part shade with long white blooms (pinnacles). It will retain its blooms all season and as the blooms age they turn a lovely color of pink and green. The fall foliage is attractive and the peeling bark is also attractive in the winter. The photo below was taken in the Cherokee Garden in Cobb County, Georgia – the hydrangea is displaying fall color
The Cherokee had many medicinal uses for this hydrangea. They would scrape the bark and make a poultice for burns. A root tea was made to treat kidney stones and a leaf tea was used to induce vomiting.
As always any flowering native plant is an excellent addition to any garden, especially a pollinator garden. The Oakleaf Hydrangea has a long life span and will give you enjoyment for many years to come.