Oakleaf Hydrangea 'Amethyst'

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: Amethyst
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4-6 ft. (1.2-1.8 m)


4-6 ft. (1.2-1.8 m)


USDA Zone 4a: to -34.4 C (-30 F)

USDA Zone 4b: to -31.6 C (-25 F)

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)

Sun Exposure:

Sun to Partial Shade

Light Shade


Unknown - Tell us

Bloom Color:

Scarlet (Dark Red)

White/Near White


Bloom Time:

Late Spring/Early Summer

Mid Summer



Good Fall Color

Other details:

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Soil pH requirements:

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Patent Information:

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Propagation Methods:

From softwood cuttings

Seed Collecting:

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Foliage Color:



Bloom Characteristics:

Flowers are good for drying and preserving

Water Requirements:

Requires consistently moist soil; do not let dry out between waterings

Where to Grow:

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

Bloomfield, Iowa

Aiken, South Carolina

Gardeners' Notes:


On Jun 15, 2008, quasymoto from Bloomfield, IA (Zone 5b) wrote:

I have had trouble at times in the past with Hydrangeas not wanting to take off here. I'd buy, plant, and then watch them die.
But in recent years as we have now been here for 11 years and greatly improved soil quality and I have done a lot of trial and error learning, and they are now growing in my landscape. But with this Hydrangea (And Pinky Winky) I received them from Ebay and they were not in the best of condition. One Amethyst was just sickly looking and I was sure it wouldn't make it and the other one was broke on the main stem below where any branches were so I too was sure it was going to die. I BABIED these big time. With my husband wondering why I was tending to my two dead sticks.
This year they did not disappoint me. I have the one that was sickly with nice "Oa... read more


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

In "Hydrangeas for American Gardens," by Michael A. Dirr (2004), it says that this is a smaller statured and more compact shrub to 6' high by 6' wide. Flowers average 6 inches in length, sepals cream-white, turning wine-red and holding the color when dry. Flowers are held upright and similar to 'Snow Queen'. Fall color is red to reddish purple. Selection by Michael A. Dirr.