The oakleaf hydrangea is a favorite amongst native shade hydrangeas. Older stems exhibit a beautiful exfoliating bark, similar to river birch. Large, broad leaves emerge very light green and turn reddish-orange and purple during the fall. Broadly conical clusters of flowers appear in June and turn a range of shades through the year. They start greenish-white, then pink, and finally brown in July and persist through the winter. Great for dried floral arrangements.