Hardy, climbing, woody vine
Description: Large, flat, sweetly-scented corymbs of white flowers bloom in early to midsummer; glossy dark green foliage stays green late into the fall
Habit: Grows 30-50 feet high and 6-10 feet wide, but easily maintained
Culture: Prefers rich, well-drained but moist soil and full sun or shade; slow to develop after transplanting
Hardiness: Cold hardy to USDA Zone 4
Origin: Japan, Taiwan
Attributes: Attractive bark
The Bavarian physician-botanist Philipp von Siebold brought this magnificent hydrangea from Japan in 1862. It was introduced into London's Kew Gardens by Max Leichtlin in 1878 and the first specimens in American gardens were introduced through the Arnold Arboretum in Boston during the late 19th century. Schizophragma hydrangeoides is a related woody vine, also from Japan, that is often confused with the true climbing hydrangea. Both are showy, vigorous, and considered garden classics.
Climbing Hydrangea (Hydrangea anomala subsp. petiolaris) arrives in a 1 quart pot.