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Climbing Hydrangea Vine

The climbing hydrangea vine is a large plant that can reach 50 feet or more if the circumstances allow. Fragrant white lacy flower clusters appear in early summer.

The lace caps flowers are around 5 inches in diameter with showy flowers on the outside edges and tiny flowers in the center. The large leaves are shiny and attractive.

They turn yellow in the fall before dropping off this deciduous vine. The bark is interesting and has lots of texture as it seems to exfoliate. This provides plenty of visual interest in the winter.

Landscaping Ideas

Climbing hydrangea vine is often used to adorn trees, arbors, fences and pergolas. The vine can also be pruned into a shrub shape or will happily lie on the ground as a ground cover.

Since this flowering vine tolerates shade well, it is suitable in many places other flowering vines cannot go. There are some possible issues about growing this plant on certain surfaces.

There is a controversy about whether climbing hydrangea vine marks up brick walls or not. They should not climb on shakes or vinyl, however.

Some vines will also harm trees when they climb on them, but this does not seem to be the case with hydrangea according to the Cornell Cooperative Extension Service.

Care and Growing Tips

Plant climbing hydrangea vine in moist, well drained soil. The plant likes at least partial shade, but will tolerate full sun in most areas. It will grow in full shade as well, but flowering may not be as prolific.

New plants grow slowly and don't bloom right away. Once they establish themselves, their growth rate speeds up until they require annual pruning in the summer to remain where you want it. They need deep watering on a regular basis.

Like other hydrangeas, they drink deeply. If your plant is in the full sun, they will require even more to keep from looking wilted. Feed in the early spring before new growth appears.

Hydrangea Information

  • Scientific Name: Hydrangea anomala petiolaris

  • Best Soil: Moist, well-drained soil with humus

  • Light: Full sun to partial shade; one of the few flowering vines that tolerate shade well

  • Growth Rate: Slow for the first few years; faster as it gets established

  • Foilage: Green

  • Fall Color: Yellow

  • Bloom: Fragrant white flower clusters in flat lace cap formation; tiny flowers in the center with larger sterile flowers on the edges of each cluster

  • Mature Size and Shape: Climbing vine; can reach up to 50 feet tall

  • Hardiness Zone: 4-7

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