Hydrangea, Climbing (Hydrangea anomala subsp. petiolaris)-Hort Answers - University of Illinois Extension
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Hydrangea, Climbing
Hydrangea anomala subsp. petiolaris

Flowers of Climbing Hydrangea
Flowers of Climbing Hydrangea
Large, flat-topped clusters of fragrant, white flowers; crisp, green heart shaped leaves that turn a mild yellow in autumn and peeling stems that show up well in winter. 
Full sun to shade, best with some shade. Prefers a rich, well-drained soil with even moisture. This vine is slow to establish, but the growth rate will increase as the plant ages and does become established. 
Mature Height
60-80 Feet (The height given is the possible height for a vine growing unchecked. With annual pruning and training, much smaller sizes can be maintained.)
USDA Hardiness Zone
5 - 7 
Bloom Color
Bloom Season
June - July
Soil Conditions
Moist, Well-Drained
Exposure/Light Requirements
Full Shade
Full Sun
Partial Sun/Shade
Method of Attachment
Aerial Roots
Foliage Color
Fall Foliage Color
Pests and Problems

Environmental Damage

Additional Notes

Prune in winter or early spring tro remove neglected vines or those nor flowering well.

This vine is woody and deciduous.


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