HARVARD — The Oakleaf Hydrangea or Hydrangea quercifolia is this year’s Harvard Conservation Trust Tree-for-All selection.
The 12- to 18-inch seedlings will be distributed at the transfer station on Saturday, April 8, from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m., and in front of the old Post Office on Massachusetts Avenue on Sunday, April 9, from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. Rain dates for the event will be the following weekend.
The seedlings are a membership benefit of the Harvard Conservation Trust and are available to nonmembers for $5.
This species of Hydrangea is valued for its bloom, fall leaf color and cinnamon-colored exfoliating bark. Cones of white flowers appear in the summer and fade to a deep pink and then paper brown as the seeds mature. The lobed leaves suggest an oak in shape and turn a deep maroon fading to scarlet in the fall. It grows three to eight feet in height and equal or greater in spread.
It is an ideal plant to use at the edge of a woodland or to establish a shrub layer in a mixed woodland planting. Insects and diseases generally do not pose a problem, however deer do tend to browse Hydrangeas.
Harvard Trails, the guide to conservation land trails, will also be available. It is free for members and $10 for nonmembers.