Oak-leaf Hydrangea - Seven Bark Hydrangea
Hydrangea quercifolia
Hydrangeaceae Family

Plant is a shrub. Its preferred habitat is mixed woods, slopes and stream banks (a popular ornamental in yards and formal gardens). Distribution is throughout the Escambia region.

The leaves are large, opposite on the stem, consisting of one whole part, stalked, lobed, rough and dark green above, whitish below. The leaf base is squared or sometimes wedge-shaped; similar in appearance to the leaves of some oak species, thus the name.

The flowers are in a compact terminal cluster, bisexual in nature and symmetrical in form. The flowers are quite inconspicuous, five white petals and numerous stamens. The sepals, like those of Flowering Dogwood, are the real eye-catchers. Sterile flowers consist of a calyx with petal-like lobes. The color is white to creamy white, turning pinkish with age. Flowers occur in the spring.

Fruit is a capsule.

Oak-Leaf Hydrangea is the Alabama State Wildflower.

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