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Audubon® Oakleaf Hydrangea
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A better, all-around, four-season plant would be hard to find. Oakleaf Hydrangea has it all! This exceptional Accent is loved by landscape designers for its fresh white summer flowers, its bold green leaves that turn burgundy in fall, and its chunky tan stems with papery, peeling bark. It is loved by wildlife, too! The masses of tiny flowers create a frenzy among honey bees, bumblebees, and those gentle bee-lookalikes, hoverflies. Songbirds may nest in Oakleaf Hydrangea’s branches, and in the fall and winter, they may return to feed on its seeds. Loved by all!
May Benefit & Attract: cardinals & grosbeaks, wrens, sparrows, thrushes, orioles, finches, mockingbirds & thrashers, vireos, wood warblers
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- Better for Birds, 100% Neonic-Free
- Not Available in non-native regions, states or counties (see Native Regions map)
Bower & Branch is proud to grow Audubon® Native Plants for Birds in partnership with the National Audubon Society to help birds and other wildlife thrive.
- The National Audubon Society protects birds and the places they need, today and tomorrow
- This bird-friendly native plant provides food and shelter for local and migrating birds and other wildlife
- Your purchase and planting of this native flora directly supports Audubon’s conservation mission and impact
- Learn how you can help birds in your home and community through Audubon’s Plants for Birds program
- Audubon Native Plants & Trees are free of neonicotinoids and exclusively grown by Bower & Branch
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- Hardiness Zone: 5-9
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A true southern belle, Oakleaf Hydrangea is native only as far north as Tennessee; its range then extends southward to Louisiana and Florida. Most plentiful in Mississippi and Alabama, it is also the state wildflower of Alabama. Despite its southern roots, however, Oakleaf Hydrangea is surprisingly cold-hardy (it tolerates temperatures to 20 below zero), and so it has become popular in other parts of the country as well. Its many ornamental attributes have earned it a place in gardens of many regions and of many types, both formal and informal.
Oakleaf Hydrangea’s big, cone-shaped flower clusters are composed of two kinds of blooms—the sterile flowers are large and showy and only exist to catch the eye of pollinators, while the tiny, fertile flowers provide the nourishment that bees need. Many modern selections of Oakleaf Hydrangea feature mainly sterile flowers. What we offer here is the “unimproved” form, with lots of fertile blooms to feed the pollinators.
How to Grow
Give Oakleaf Hydrangea a spot in the landscape where it will enjoy shade during the hottest part of the day. It will appreciate fertile soil that is rich in organic matter and well drained. Try to water it regularly in summer (weekly) if no rain falls; Oakleaf Hydrangea will tolerate somewhat dry conditions when established, but its foliage will be lusher with steady moisture. Young plants and those grown in the North may be shy about flowering. In any case, the handsome fall foliage is always a dependable feature. Leave the spent, papery brown flower heads for winter interest and then trim them off in early spring.
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