Species - quercifolia

This species is a native of the USA, and is easily recognised by its large Oak-shaped leaves which often turn reddish in the autumn before they fall.  The flowers are formed in short, broad panicles and are mostly white or cream in colour.  The first cultivars had a 50:50 mix of fertile and sterile florets, but cultivars have now been bred that have densely packed sterile florets forming dense heavy heads that weigh down the thin branches at one extreme; to cultivars with only a sparse covering of sterile florets at the other extreme.  It grows well against a wall where it will use the wall for support and grow up without clinging.

quercifolia ‘Alice’

Bed K: Plant 24 A superior selection that branches well and produces a full, rounded, and large shrub up to 3m with 12 inch long white flower spikes aging... Read more

quercifolia ‘Applause’

Bed SW: Plant 11 Full heads of white sterile florets that nearly obscure the fertile florets UK Plant Finder 2012 = 2 Nurseries Read more

quercifolia ‘Burgundy’

Bed SW: Plant 03 Low growing, Grows to 1.2m, With pink flowers and leaves turning red in the autumn UK Plant Finder: 2012 = 14 nurseries Read more