Oakleaf Hydrangea ‘Alice’ has big blooms and huge, distinctive oak-like leaves, making this an outstanding combination. It is the most robust oakleaf around!
The native oakleaf hydrangea, H. quercifolia, is the best all round shrub for shade – everyone should have at least one! The Oakleaf hydrangea is one of the few hydrangeas native to the United States. We are offering ‘Alice’ native oakleaf hydrangea, a superior form that has larger flowers, better fall color, and very disease resistant leaves. ‘Alice’ was introduced into commerce by Michael Dirr, through his Georgia Plant Introduction Program. Huge, long-lasting, upright pyramids of arching, white flowers bloom from June through fall and change to pink for even longer interest and then brown by late summer. It is an upright, deciduous shrub with a broad rounded habit, which typically grows 5-8′ tall and as wide. Distinctive, deeply-lobed, deep green, oak-like leaves (to 8″ long).
The leaves turn to attractive shades of bronze, maroon and purple in autumn. Mature stems exfoliate to reveal a rich brown inner bark, which is attractive in winter – true four-season plant. This is a good large specimen or accent for foundations or other locations near homes or patios. Group or mass in shrub borders or naturalize in open woodland areas. Good informal hedge.