Oakleaf hydrangea (Hydrangea quercifolia), shrub

<b>Good to plant here?</b> Yes<br>
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<b>Why?</b> Burgundy fall color; peeling bark for winter interest; white-to-pink flower clusters dry on plant 
Native to: Southeast U.S.<br>
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<b>Needs:</b> Sun to part-shade; moist, well-drained soil<br>
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<b>Grows to:</b> 4 to 6 feet high and wide<br>
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<b>Bonus fact:</b> Introduced to gardens by <a class="taxInlineTagLink" id="PLGEO100101023010000" title="Philadelphia (Philadelphia, Pennsylvania)" href="/topic/us/pennsylvania/philadelphia-county/philadelphia-%28philadelphia-pennsylvania%29-PLGEO100101023010000.topic">Philadelphia</a> botanist <a class="taxInlineTagLink" id="PEHST000145" title="John Bartram" href="/topic/arts-culture/john-bartram-PEHST000145.topic">John Bartram</a> in 1791.<br>
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For more help choosing trees and shrubs, see the Web sites of the Morton Arboretum, mortonarb.org; the Chicago Botanic Garden in Glencoe, chicagobotanic.org; or the University of Illinois Extension, http://web.extension.uiuc.edu/cook/urbanhort.html.
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Good to plant here? Yes

Why? Burgundy fall color; peeling bark for winter interest; white-to-pink flower clusters dry on plant Native to: Southeast U.S.

Needs: Sun to part-shade; moist, well-drained soil

Grows to: 4 to 6 feet high and wide

Bonus fact: Introduced to gardens by Philadelphia botanist John Bartram in 1791.

For more help choosing trees and shrubs, see the Web sites of the Morton Arboretum, mortonarb.org; the Chicago Botanic Garden in Glencoe, chicagobotanic.org; or the University of Illinois Extension, http://web.extension.uiuc.edu/cook/urbanhort.html.

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