Climbing Hydrangea

8 Apr

Climbing Hydrangea (Hydrangea anomala petiolaris), slow growing deciduous vine, climbs by aerial roots and clings to any surface, large clusters of white flowers bloom summer, full sun to part shade, good container plant.

Big, bold leaves and large clusters of long-lasting flowers in white, pink, red, or blue. Summer to fall bloom. Flower clusters may contain sterile flowers (conspicuous, with large,petal-like sepals) or fertile flowers (small, starry petaled); or they may feature a cluster of small fertile flowers surrounded by ring of big sterile ones (these are called lacecap hydrangeas). Sterile flowers last for a long time (often holding up for months), gradually fading in color.

 Climbing Hydrangea is simply one of the finest of all self-climbing woody vines. Its combination of abundant bloom, handsome fall foliage, and interesting bark (revealed in winter) make it a pleasure in every season, and its ease of care renders it invaluable to the busy gardener. This is a legacy planting you will enjoy for decades to come.Autumn is one of the best seasons for this climber, for the large, fresh green leaves turn a buttery shade of yellow, remaining for several weeks before dropping for winter. The sight of a mature Climbing Hydrangea in full autumn regalia is unforgettable!

This plant needs no support to grow upward, so you don’t have to worry about tying the vine. Just give it a wall, arbor, or other structure to grow against, and up it goes.

Climbing Hydrangea is easy, carefree, and very long-lived. It can be somewhat slow to establish, but once settled in, it makes excellent growth each year, it can eventually grow to 60 to 80 feet long (if left unpruned) and 10 to 12 feet wide. Content in sun or shade, it is very low maintenance.

 

 

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