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Climbing Hydrangea Petiolaris
Planting the Climbing Hydrangea-Petiolaris is the perfect way to soften and decorate a trellis, tree trunk, or stark brick or stone garden wall. More details below!

Climbing Hydrangea Petiolaris

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Climbing Hydrangea Petiolaris
Hydrangea anomala subsp 'Petiolaris'

USDA Plant Hardiness Zones: 4a-9a  Find Your Zone

Note: For our customers who live and garden north of USDA Cold Hardiness Zone 4a, where this Hydrangea is not winter hardy, you'll be happy to know that it can be grown in containers that can be brought indoors during winter and placed back outside when temperatures warm up in spring. We recommend a large container situated near a tree or wall. If you don't have a structure for the vines to climb, put a post or trellis in the center of the pot.

Special Attributes

Planting the Climbing Hydrangea-Petiolaris is the perfect way to soften and decorate a trellis, tree trunk, or stark brick or stone garden wall. In May and June the vine produces clusters of creamy white lace capped blooms that attract butterflies and provide a pleasing contrast to the dark leathery leaves. The climbing Hydrangea won't bloom unless it's climbing, but its lush foliage makes a lovely groundcover all on its own. Fall leaf color is a clear, soft yellow. The foliage provides cover and nesting sites for birds and small mammals.

Landscape & Garden Uses

Climbing Hydrangea provides wonderful texture and color as a vertical accent on home foundation walls, on trellises, arbors, pergolas, mailboxes, and trees. It is ideal for growing along river or stream banks, or on slopes, and is great for use in larger containers situated against a wall or large tree. The vines will trail over the pot and climb the structure creating a unique and interesting feature.

Spacing:   3-4' apart to cover fences

Cultural Preferences

Climbing Hydrangea is easy to grow. It's not aggressive and the delicate aerial rootlets by which it clings won't harm your walls or your trees. Climbing Hydrangea is also one of a few ornamental vines that will flower even in shade. Morning sun is tolerated but afternoon direct sun can hurt this vine. In the wild, Climbing Hydrangea is usually found growing on river and stream banks, so it is not surprising that in the garden it responds best to moist, rich, acidic soils.

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Plant Details 

USDA Plant Hardiness Zones: 4a-9a  Find Your Zone
Plant Type:  Flowering Vine
Height or Length at Maturity:  10'+
Width at Maturity:  2'+
Spacing:  3-4' apart to cover fences
Growth Habit / Form:  Climbing, Dense, Spreading/Trailing, Twining, Twisted Branching, Upright, Tall
Growth Rate:  Fast to Very Fast
Flower Color:  White
Flower Type:  Lacecap Type
Flower Size:  .5" in clusters
Flowering Period:  Summer
Fragrant Flowers:  No
Foliage Color:  Rich Green
Fragrant Foliage:  No
Sun Needs:  Mostly Shade, Morning Sun with Afternoon Shade, Filtered or Dappled Sun, No Afternoon Sun
Water Needs:  Average, low when established
Soil Type:  Clay, Loam, Silt (amended)
Soil Drainage:  Well Drained, Moderately Drained
Soil pH:  5.5 - 7.0
Maintenance / Care:  Low
Attracts:  Visual Attention
Resistances:  Drought, Heat, Humidity, Heavy Shade

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