Botanical Name: Hydrangea anomala petiolaris
Common Name: Climbing Hydrangea  
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  • Anatomy

  • Culture

  • Design

Plant Type



Height Range

12-25', 25-40'


Flower Color



Flower Season

Spring, Summer


Leaf Color

Dark Green


Bark Color



Fruit Color



Fruit Season



Full, Half, Shade



Medium, High, Extra in Summer


Growth Rate

Moderate, Slow


Soil Type

Sandy, Clay, Loam


Soil Condition

Average, Rich, Well-drained, Moist


Soil pH

Neutral, Basic


Adverse Factors


Design Styles

English Cottage, Formal, Japanese, Mediterranean, Ranch, Spanish, Tropical, Woodland


Accenting Features

Showy Flowers


Seasonal Interest

Winter, Spring, Summer, Fall


Location Uses

Background, Foundation, Patio, Walls / Fences


Special Uses



Attracts Wildlife


Information by: Stephanie Duer
Photographer: JJ Neilson Arboretum
  • Description

  • Notes

This Hydrangea grows as a slow, deciduous vine, clinging by adhesive, aerial rootlets like english ivy. Its wide, heart shaped, deep green leaves offer a nice contrast to the white lacecap flowers which appear in summer. Grow in sun to part shade, in our climate it grows best on east or north walls and fences. It can eventually grow 40 to 60 feet, but that will take quite a bit of time, and its size can be controlled through selective pruning. Deciduous.
Like other hydrangea, this plant prefers loamy well-drained soils and sun to part shade conditions. Slow to establish, and sometimes initially needs support until it adheres to a wall or fence. Pruning is only necessary to control size.