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Schizophragma hydrangeoides
Schizophragma hydrangeoides

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Zones 2-9, 14-17, 31-34, 39
Partial Sun
Partial
Regular Water
Moderate

Schizophragma hydrangeoides

Japanese Hydrangea Vine
Hydrangeaceae
Deciduous, Vines

Resembling climbing hydrangea (Hydrangea anomala petiolaris) and climbing by aerial rootlets to 30 ft. or more, this native of Korea and Japan is clothed in pointed, tooth-edged dark green leaves that reach 5 in. long. White summer blooms appear in flat, 8–10-in.-wide clusters. Like lacecap hydrangeas, these feature tiny fertile flowers surrounded by a ring of sterile ones—but the sterile blossoms of this plant have only a single “petal”; those of hydrangea have four. ‘Moonlight’ has blue-green foliage with a silvery cast. ‘Roseum’ is a pink-flowered variety. Use species or varieties to climb shaded walls or trees. Plant in good, well-drained soil. Prune only to remove errant growth.

 

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