Looking for a new shrub to complete your garden? Try Oakleaf hydrangea, the Alabama state wildflower. There are a number of different varieties of Oakleaf hydrangea with various blooms and sizes so that you can choose the perfect one for your garden.
The standard Oakleaf hydrangea will grow to about 6 or 8 feet tall and has leathery type leaves and an open white flower. The Snowflake variety is the same size, but has double petals on its blooms. For more color, you can try the Ruby Slippers hydrangea, which has white blooms that turn maroon, and adopts dark red foliage in the fall.
If you're looking for a smaller variety of Oakleaf hydrangea, try the Munchkin variety, a sister to Ruby Slippers that only grows to about 3 or 4 feet tall. Another smaller variety is the Sikes Dwarf. This variety doesn't have as much flower, and still only grows to about 3 or 4 feet tall.
To prune an Oakleaf hydrangea, do so right after it flowers in the spring so that it can grow new growth in the summer, and bloom from that growth the following year. Oakleaf hydrangea thrives best in 50/50 shade and sun, though it can also tolerate more shade and more sun. With so many different varieties to choose from, you'll be sure to find the perfect fit for your garden.