Spermatophytes (seed plants): Angiosperms (flowering plants): Eudicots: Core Eudicots: Asterids: Cornales
Dig deeper at SERNEC, a consortium of southeastern herbaria.
Manual of the Southeastern Flora (Small, 1933)
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Richard and Teresa Ware rtw_h_quercifolia_5
Inflorescence a panicle, more than 20 large sterile flowers borne throughout, per Weakley's Flora.
JK Marlow jkm080705_007
July Swain County NC
Sterile flowers' greatly enlarged sepals begin white, turning pink-purplish, per Forest Plants of the Southeast and Their Wildlife Uses.
JK Marlow jkm150827_926
August Haywood County NC
Corneille Bryan Native Garden
Leaves oak-shaped with 4-6 lobes and irregularly pointed-toothed margins, per Forest Plants of the Southeast and Their Wildlife Uses.
Paul Thompson psthydrangea_quercifolia
Brown woolly pubescence on stems, buds, petioles, & veins on leaf undersides. — Clemson Extension
Native to Georgia & possibly South Carolina
Documented growing wild in GA NC SC
Uncommon in GA (rare or only waifs in NC-SC)
Bisexual or sterile
5-lobed calyx (in bisexual flowers)/ 4-lobed calyx (in sterile flowers)
5 petals (in bisexual flowers)/petals absent (in sterile flowers)
TO LEARN MORE about this plant, look it up in a good book!
- Forest Plants of the Southeast and Their Wildlife Uses p346
- Gardening with Native Plants of the South p082
- Gardening with the Native Plants of Tennessee p246
- Native Alternatives to Invasive Plants p110
- Native Shrubs and Woody Vines of the Southeast p064
- Wildflowers of Tennessee p110
- Wildflowers of Tennessee, the Ohio Valley, and the Southern Appalachians p140
- Woody Plants of the Southeastern US: A Winter Guide p162