This shade tolerant shrub is a favorite because of the coarse texture produced by its large oak-like leaves. Oakleaf Hydrangea is good for shrub borders or mass plantings and looks great in cottage or woodland gardens. Its fall color can be anywhere from red to orange to purple. Its flowers are large and pretty in summer and they actually dry on the shrub so that they can be appreciated long after they emerge. The exfoliating bark is also a notably nice feature of this hydrangea, adding winter interest.