Oak Leaf Hydrangea: A Plant For All Seasons

By Cindi Sullivan

(LOUISVILLE, May 18th, 2004) -- Looking for a great plant that you can enjoy year-round? WAVE 3 Garden Talk expert Cindi Sullivan has the scoop on a plant that goes through some beautiful changes for all four seasons.

I'm sure you've heard me say before that the Oak Leaf Hydrangea is one of my favorite plants. Or maybe you've heard me describe this plant as a four season interest plant. Either way, what you see is what you get.

The Oak Leaf Hydrangea gets its common name from the shape of its leaf. It is quite similar to an Oak Tree leaf. It has beautiful flowers in early summer that start white and fade to pink. It has a brilliant fall color and interesting exfoliating bark in winter.

It is truly a showy plant in all four seasons. A standard Oak leaf will reach 6-8 feet high and width. But what if you don't have that kind of space? Certainly pruning regularly can help to keep them in bounds.

Or you can try a new cultivar called "Pee Wee." Some hydrangeas will top out at about three feet high and wide, and are perfect for the smaller garden.

Oak Leaf Hydrangeas prefer partial sun, so they are adaptable to a number of garden situations.

Online Reporter: Cindi Sullivan

Online Producer: Michael Dever