Garden Photos of the Oakleaf Hydrangea Plant
The Oakleaf Hydrangea Is a Sight to Behold
A blooming hydrangea could move someone to break into poetry, and discovering the oakleaf hydrangea in bloom has been known to leave people speechless. Most individuals are full of questions about this native, old-fashioned shrub. I decided to take photos of the blooms on the oakleaf in my garden. I hope you enjoy them!
The Joy of Garden Photography
I've enjoyed reading various articles on photography here on DenGarden, and I felt encouraged to make use of my cameras. One afternoon’s weather and light seemed to afford a perfect opportunity to apply some of the techniques I had been reading about. Cool and cloudy after a good rain, my garden’s flowers had perked up after a few hot days. They were calling me outdoors, “Come, come, we’re beautiful today!”
The Species Is Native to the Southeastern United States
The oakleaf hydrangea is native to the United States, making it the only true American hydrangea. The flowers are stark white and turn to a pale pink in early summer. The blooms often last into the summer unless they get too dry.
The Oakleaf Hydrangea Is a Sizable Plant
I tried to get a good shot that would show the 12' x 8' size of my hydrangea, and I think I was able to capture the feel of it in the lens. The photograph above is from the top level of my front porch. I took it in order to get a comparison of the plant's leaves next to the dogwood on the left. This plant is truly larger than life, just like America's landscape!
To me, the oak leaf’s individual flowers are very similar to the dogwood’s blooms, albeit a miniature version. Their profuse blooms literally light up the shadows they grow in.— Author
The Plant Is Hardy and Withstands Most Conditions
This hydrangea species is an old-fashioned type and can withstand almost any condition except wet feet. If it sits in damp soil for even a short time, it will likely die. The upside is that it can take some drought, tolerates direct sun, and does very well in deep shade. It doesn’t always lose all of its leaves in the winter, even when we have a lot of snow, and its large leaves provide cool shade in the heat of summer. It likes to be left alone but tolerates pruning well when needed.
The cone shape of the oakleaf hydrangea’s bloom is like a grape cluster, and the foliage turns a rich grape color. My friends laugh when I call the plant a "grape leaf hydrangea."
Unique Characteristics of the Plant
Not only is my 8-year-old hydrangea large, but the leaves are also huge. They remind me of a giant fig leaf, but whoever named the species obviously thought of an oak leaf when they saw it. I think the fig leaf image in my mind also comes from the way the plant’s leaves are arranged on the stems.
There are now a couple of varieties of oakleaf hydrangea, but I cherish this quaint friend for it makes me think of people from years gone by who enjoyed this good-natured plant.— Author
How to Propagate the Plant
This plant is easily propagated in a couple of ways. In my opinion, this is the easiest technique:
- Brush out a clean spot of dirt under the plant.
- Set a large rock on one of the prolific lower limbs.
- Wait. In a season or two (definitely by the next year) a new plant will have taken root.
- Cut the growth from the main plant and move it to another location.
- Pot it, or give it to a neighbor.
I sure wish I could share a cutting off mine with you!