Hydrangea quercifolia, commonly known by its translation oakleaf hydrangea or oak-leaved hydrangea, is a species of flowering plant native to the Southeastern United States, in woodland habitats from North Carolina west to Tennessee, and south to Florida and Louisiana. A deciduous shrub with white showy flower heads, it is a commonly grown garden plant.
Hydrangea quercifolia is cultivated as an ornamental plant, and is used as a flowering shrub in gardens and parks. It grows best in a natural or landscaped woodland habitat, preferring partial to almost full shade, with morning sun and afternoon shade as optimal. It will tolerate drought, but may not flower. The plant prefers slightly acidic soils with a pH of 5.0–6.5.
Information source: wikipedia.org.
Genus - Hydrangea
Species - Quercifolia
Common name - Hydrangea Oakleafed
Pre-Treatment - Not-required
Hardiness zones - 5 - 9
Height - 6'-8' / 1.80 - 2.40 m
Spread - 6'-8' / 1.80 - 2.40 m
Plant type - Shrub
Vegetation type - Deciduous
Exposure - Full Sun, Partial Sun, Partial Shade
Growth rate - Medium
Soil PH - Acidic, Neutral, Alkaline
Soil type - Clay, loam, fertile, well drained
Water requirements - Average, moist
Landscape uses - Mass or group in a mixed shrub border or naturalize in a native plant or open woodland garden. Also may be used for backgrounds, accents or specimens, foundation plantings or hedges.
Bloom season - May to July
Leaf / Flower color - Dark Green / White
1. Fill a planting flat for seeds two-thirds full with vermiculite or perlite potting soil.
2. Water the potting soil to increase the soil moisture.
3. Sprinkle some seeds in each section of the flat and cover with plastic wrap to maintain soil moisture and humidity.
4. Place the planting flat with the hydrangea seeds in a bright location. Hydrangea seeds require ample sunlight to germinate, but you should avoid placing the flat in direct sunlight to maintain a stable temperature. Hydrangea seeds germinate in 10 to 14 days.
5. Fill 1-gallon potting containers with a mixture of peat soil and organic compost.
6. Transplant the hydrangea seedlings to 1-gallon potting containers once the plants develop three to four healthy leaves.
7. Place the individual potting containers in a sunny location and maintain soil moisture until you are ready to plant the hydrangeas in your landscape. Late spring -- after the risk of frost has passed -- is the best time to plant hydrangeas in your landscape. (source: eHow.com)
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