Oakleaf Hydrangea 'Ellen Huff'

Hydrangea quercifolia

Family: Hydrangeaceae (hy-drain-jee-AY-see-ee) (Info)
Genus: Hydrangea (hy-DRAIN-juh) (Info)
Species: quercifolia (kwer-se-FOH-lee-uh) (Info)
Cultivar: Ellen Huff
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USDA Zone 5a: to -28.8 C (-20 F)

USDA Zone 5b: to -26.1 C (-15 F)

USDA Zone 6a: to -23.3 C (-10 F)

USDA Zone 6b: to -20.5 C (-5 F)

USDA Zone 7a: to -17.7 C (0 F)

USDA Zone 7b: to -14.9 C (5 F)

USDA Zone 8a: to -12.2 C (10 F)

USDA Zone 8b: to -9.4 C (15 F)

USDA Zone 9a: to -6.6 C (20 F)

Sun Exposure:

Sun to Partial Shade


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This plant has been said to grow in the following regions:

Saraland, Alabama

Avondale Estates, Georgia

Aberdeen, Mississippi

Carthage, Texas

Gardeners' Notes:


On Nov 18, 2012, gradyh12 from Saraland, AL wrote:

Mrs. Ellen Huff made this selection while living in Warner-Robbins, GA. She brought it with her to Satsuma, AL and proceeded to propagate it with dormant wood cuttings under her azaleas over winter. The bloom time is long and the plant is very durable and hardy.


On May 26, 2006, BamaDave from Warrior, AL (Zone 7b) wrote:

I've had 'Ellen Huff' in the ground for a couple of seasons. The flower panicles are huge and bright white, and the foliage is large and dark green. It's blooming very well in full shade. I live in an area where there are tons of wild Oakleaf Hydrangeas, and it's easy to see why this one is considered to be an outstanding selection.


On Dec 5, 2004, lmelling from Ithaca, NY (Zone 5b) wrote:

In "Hydrangeas for American Gardens," by Michael A. Dirr (2004), it says Vigorous selection from Gulf Coast with good heat tolerance. Flowers large with a mix of showy sepals and fertile flowers.