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Hydrangea quercifolia

This plant has poison characteristics. See below.
Common Name(s):
Oakleaf hydrangea
Cultivar(s):
Snow Queen , Snowflake , Harmony , Pee Wee, Sykes Dwarf, Alice, Little Honey (golden foliage), Munchkin (semi-dwarf), Ruby Slippers (semi-dwarf)
Categories:
Native Plants, Poisonous Plants, Shrubs
Comment:

Bold leathery leaves; spread of 8 ft.; seeds eaten by birds; mulch to keep root system cool; exfoliating bark on mature plants; wine, orange, and mahogany fall foliage; coarse texture; drought tolerant; native to southeastern US; rapid growth rate

Description:
Deciduous shrubs; leaves opposite, simple, stalked, toothed and sometimes lobed; flowers in terminal, round or umbrella-shaped clusters, white, pink, or blue, 4- 5-parted, the sterile flowers (around the margin or the entire cluster) are much enlarged.
Height:
4-8 ft.
Foliage:
Opposite, simple, bold leathery leaves; 3-8 in. long; wine, orange, mahogany fall color
Flower:
4 -12 in. erect panicles of creamy white flowers in summer; fades to pink, then tan; fragrant; good for drying
Zones:
5 to 9
Habit:
Deciduous
Site:
Sun to partial shade; prefers moist, well-drained soil but tolerates damp soil
Texture:
Coarse
Form:
Upright, irregular, rounded, multi-stemmed shrub with limited branching; stoloniferous; forms colonies
Exposure:
Sun to partial shade; moist, well drained soil
Fruit:
White flowers fade to pink then tan; good for drying
Poison Part:
Bark, leaves, flower buds.
Poison Delivery Mode:
Ingestion.
Symptoms:
Nausea, stomach pain, vomiting, sweating.
Toxic Principle:
Hydrangin, a cyanogenic glycoside.
Severity:
TOXIC ONLY IF LARGE QUANTITIES EATEN.
Found in:
Houseplant or interiorscape; landscape as woody shrub; forest or natural area as native shrub.
Width:
3-8 ft.

NCCES plant id: 488

Hydrangea quercifolia 'Snowflake' H. quercifolia 'Snowflake'
Photo by Kingsbrae Garden, CC BY-NC-SA - 2.0
Hydrangea quercifolia 'Snow Queen' H. quercifolia 'Snow Queen'
Photo by Henryr10, CC BY-NC-ND - 2.0
Hydrangea quercifolia H. quercifolia pink coloration
Photo by Chris Kreussling, CC BY-NC-ND - 2.0
Hydrangea quercifolia H. quercifolia fall color
Photo by Henryr10, CC BY-NC-ND - 2.0