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Climbing Hydrangea

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Hydrangea anomala petiolaris (Climbing Hydrangea) – One of the most sought-after climbers, this vine is an excellent flowering cover for vertical structures and trees, or as a groundcover. It features attractive white lacecap-like flowers in mid-summer and clean foliage. It is also a self-clinging vine, making it easy to grow.

Characteristics

Average Landscape Height:
40 feet
Average Landscape Width:
24 inches
Growth Rate:
slow
Genus:
Hydrangea
Species:
anomala
Cultivar:
var. petiolaris
Flower Color:
white
Flower Period:
from early to mid summer
Summer Foliage Color:
forest green
Minimum Light:
shade
Maximum Light:
full sun
Minimum Moisture:
average
Maximum Moisture:
moist
Plant Form:
spreading
Canopy:
climber
Pruning:
late winter pruning
Pollution Tolerance:
high
Branching:
multi-stemmed
Flower Fragrance:
high

Ornamental Features

Climbing Hydrangea is smothered in stunning fragrant white lacecap flowers along the branches from early to mid summer. It has forest green deciduous foliage. The glossy heart-shaped leaves do not develop any appreciable fall color. The peeling brown bark adds an interesting dimension to the landscape.

Landscape Attributes

Climbing Hydrangea is a multi-stemmed deciduous woody vine with a twining and trailing habit of growth. Its relatively coarse texture can be used to stand it apart from other landscape plants with finer foliage.

Planting & Growing

Climbing Hydrangea will grow to be about 40 feet tall at maturity, with a spread of 24 inches. As a climbing vine, it tends to be leggy near the base and should be underplanted with low-growing facer plants. It should be planted near a fence, trellis or other landscape structure where it can be trained to grow upwards on it, or allowed to trail off a retaining wall or slope. It grows at a slow rate, and under ideal conditions can be expected to live for 70 years or more.

This woody vine performs well in both full sun and full shade. It prefers to grow in average to moist conditions, and shouldn't be allowed to dry out. It is not particular as to soil type or pH. It is highly tolerant of urban pollution and will even thrive in inner city environments. Consider applying a thick mulch around the root zone in winter to protect it in exposed locations or colder microclimates. This is a selected variety of a species not originally from North America.

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