|Leaf: Opposite, simple, serrated, 3- to 7-lobed (oak-like), 4 to 8 inches long, green and smooth above, lighter and downy below.
Flower: White (later turning pink), in long (4 to 12 inches) clusters, outer flowers larger and sterile, inner flowers fertile and creamy colored, appearing in mid-summer.
Fruit: Dry capsule, not showy, persistent.
Twig: Stout, very pubescent, rusty-brown, large buds with pubescent scales.
Bark: Reddish brown, exfoliates heavily.
Form: Small shrub 4 to 8 feet in height, numerous suckering stems, round crown.
Looks like: wild hydrangea
- bigleaf hydrangea
- panicle hydrangea