Have your oak leaf hydrangeas leafed out yet?

Larry Kahn(7b)April 3, 2012

Trying to figure out if mine succumbed to root rot due to the hurricane heavy rain last fall. So far, virtually nothing. Many stems are dead but some do seem to be a bit green inside (maybe). But absolutely no green leaves yet. It had been doing fine for a few years in a somewhat low spot but did lose one major stem last summer.


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Ah the hopefulness of a gardener with a dead shrub. I'm doing the same thing with a leafless Cotinus Golden Spirit while one on the other side of the yard is fully clothed in leaves now. Tonight I bent the main branches and they were still flexible so I declared there was still hope.

Yes, all Oakleaf hydrangeas here, even a 5 inch cutting in a pot, are fully leafed out now. And I'm well north of you. So sorry :(

    Bookmark   April 3, 2012 at 8:11PM
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Yes, mine have leafed out. I got these as little babies, back in 2010.

    Bookmark   April 3, 2012 at 10:31PM
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    Bookmark   April 4, 2012 at 8:51AM
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Larry Kahn(7b)

Looks like it bit the bullet. I'll probably replace it with an Itea virginica 'Henry's Garnet' since those will tolerate (and even like) wet soil and get another oakleaf for a drier spot that we just cleared out.


    Bookmark   April 4, 2012 at 9:02AM
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Yes, in dry sandy soil and at the bottom of a clay slope where the ground is slmost always damp. The ones in more sun are much faster to come out. I can dig starts for you, Larry, but don't know yet if I will be at swap. Stay in touch if and when you try again.

    Bookmark   April 5, 2012 at 4:29AM
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