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Oak-Leaf Hydrangea

Alabama State Wildflower

Oak-leaf hydrangea; the state wildflower of Alabama. Photo by rjcox on Flickr (noncommercial use permitted with attribution / no derivative works). All State Flowers

Official State Wildflower of Alabama

Alabama designated the oak-leaf hydrangea (Hydrangea quercifolia Bartr.) as the official state wildflower in 1999 (camellia is the state flower of Alabama). All State Flowers 

Found in every section of Alabama, the oak-leaf hydrangea is a deciduous shrub that grows six to eight feet tall. In spring, spikes of white blooms rise above large green oak-shaped leaves. The blossoms turn a deep rose color in the summer and the leaves turn deep red to burgundy in the fall. Peeling bark on the stems and branches add to the soft beauty of the oak-leaf hydrangea.