Soil Best in moist, well-drained soil, but quite adaptable to any site except excessively wet ones.
Oakleaf hydrangea blooms on old wood, so it is generally best to avoid any kind of regular pruning or trimming. May be pruned selectively as needed to develop a more striking habit.
Oakleaf hydrangeas are perhaps the most shade-tolerant hydrangea, though blooming and fall color are best with at least some sun each day. They bloom on old wood and exhibit better bud hardiness than other old wood bloomers. These plants perform far better in the landscape than in the container, so don't be put off by a plant that looks less than enticing in its pot. It will redeem itself rapidly once planted in the ground.