oakleaf hydrangea Hydrangeaceae Hydrangea quercifolia
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.