Dig deeper at SERNEC, a consortium of southeastern herbaria.
Spermatophytes (seed plants): Angiosperms (flowering plants): Eudicots: Core Eudicots: Asterids: Cornales
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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