Oak Leaf Hydrangeas

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Date Photo Taken: June 15, 2011
Location: Canton,
Posted By: agerman


These mature 10+ year old oak leaf hydrangeas have grown vigorously until this year when one failed to leaf out and the other is dying off quickly with the leaves wilting. They are in a shady, wooded area with no apparent stress from weather or drought.


  1. Betty Unregistered says:

    Walter has written about this — it’s probably a root rot from too wet soil.

    June 23rd, 2011 at 3:13 pm
  2. Southern Garden Coach Flower Fanatic says:

    This looks like a root system failure. My guess is that something, like trenching or digging, has happened around the roots…OR…a vole has gnawed around the trunk, causing it to wilt like this. Actually, I could speculate on a dozen scenarios, but I digress.

    Even if you can’t discern why this has happened, remove all the dead and wilted growth and keep it watered (but not too much). Oakleaf Hydrangea are pretty good about coming back when cut back severely.

    June 23rd, 2011 at 9:50 pm

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