Native & Naturalized Plants of the Carolinas & Georgia


709

Shrub
Perennial

Native to Georgia & possibly South Carolina
Documented growing wild in GA NC SC

Uncommon (rare north of GA)

Look for it - it's native in rich foothill forests, and also found in disturbed areas, thickets or forests adjacent to urban or suburban areas, per Weakley's Flora

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full sun partial shade shade ...Moist

LEAVES:
Deciduous
Simple
Opposite

FLOWER:
Spring/Summer
White
Bisexual or sterile
Radially symmetrical
5-lobed calyx (in bisexual flowers)/ 4-lobed calyx (in sterile flowers)
5 petals (in bisexual flowers)/petals absent (in sterile flowers)
Inferior ovary

FRUIT:
Spring/Summer
Brown
Capsule

 

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Spermatophytes (seed plants): Angiosperms (flowering plants): Eudicots: Core Eudicots: Asterids: Cornales

WEAKLEY'S FLORA (11/30/12):
Hydrangea quercifolia   FAMILY Hydrangeaceae

SYNONYMOUS WITH PLANTS NATIONAL DATABASE:
Hydrangea quercifolia   FAMILY Hydrangeaceae

 

COMMON NAME:
Oakleaf Hydrangea


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Richard and Teresa Ware    rtw_h_quercifolia_3

May        

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Richard and Teresa Ware    rtw_h_quercifolia_5

May        

Inflorescence a panicle, more than 20 large sterile flowers borne throughout, per Weakley's Flora.

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Richard and Teresa Ware    rtw_h_quercifolia_1

June        

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JK Marlow    jkm080705_007

July    Swain County    NC

Roadside

Sterile flowers' greatly enlarged sepals begin white, turning pink-purplish, per Forest Plants of the Southeast and Their Wildlife Uses.

image of Hydrangea quercifolia

JK Marlow    jkm150827_926

August    Haywood County    NC

Corneille Bryan Native Garden

Leaves oak-shaped with 4-6 lobes and irregularly pointed-toothed margins, per Forest Plants of the Southeast and Their Wildlife Uses.

image of Hydrangea quercifolia

JK Marlow    jkm150827_927

August    Haywood County    NC

Corneille Bryan Native Garden

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Paul Thompson    psthydrangea_quercifolia

September?        

Brown woolly pubescence on stems, buds, petioles, & veins on leaf undersides. — Clemson Extension

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JK Marlow    jkm0511e_31

November    Greenville County    SC

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JK Marlow    s051114_b

November    Greenville County    SC