Mystery plant 065

You can find this native shrub growing in the southeastern portion of the U.S.  When you can identify it, leave a comment with the common name, scientific name and any personal story you may have about this plant or how you identified it.

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Leaves breaking bud in the spring

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Inflorescence in bud and starting to bloom

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Close view of flowers

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Inflorescence in full bloom

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Inflorescence after blooming; leaves in summer

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Leaves in fall

 

ANSWER (subsequently added to this post to facilitate the “search” function for these images): Oakleaf hydrangea (Hydrangea quercifolia)

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7 Responses to Mystery plant 065

  1. Heather says:

    Oak leaf hydrangea! Hydrangea quercifolia. These peppered our forest growing up, and I will always love them for their oaky laciness.

  2. Barbara says:

    I agree it is Oak leaf Hydrangea but had to look up the scientific name was not certain of that. I have had a nice specimen for about 10 years. ,has great fall color and I love the exfoliating bark.

  3. Sara says:

    Looks like oak leaved hydrangea to me. I’ve never seen it in the wild, but my mother, who’s an avid gardener has grown it for years, and I recently spotted it in a public garden here in NJ. Love the fall color.

  4. Joyce Hochsprung says:

    Hydrangea quercifolia, Oak Leaf Hydrangea.
    One of those shrubs which causes zone envy to rear it’s ugly head as it’s not hardy here. Sigh!

  5. Val says:

    Hydrangea quercifolia…Oak Leaf Hydrangea…a shrub I have lusted over for some time!

  6. Angelyn says:

    Everybody is correct! This is Oakleaf hydrangea (Hydrangea quercifolia). I do feel a twinge of jealousy that Heather has seen it growing naturally in a forest. I’ve only seen it when someone planted it in their yard.

  7. Dr R. K S. Rathore says:

    We do not have Hydrangia at our place. Some Hydrangia species have been noted in the Himalayas. It is nice to see these specimens in greater details. Thanks.

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