Hydrangea petiolaris Description
Our top favorite vine for shade gardens! Climbing Hydrangea has large 2-3" dark green glossy leaves on stems that will gradually climb to 30' tall & 8' wide after 10 years.
Climbing Hydrangea's showy foliage & fragrant white flowers make it the perfect addition to your garden where it can grow up bare tree trunks, or along a trellis or fence.
This queen of the climbers was introduced from Japan & has become a long-standing favorite of gardeners across the United States.
Climbing Hydrangea is a vigorous grower that thrives in full shade to part shade conditions & is not troubled by pests or diseases. Plants start off a bit slowly, but 1-2 years of patience is well paid-off after they become established!
The glossy foliage & fragrant white flowers of this favorite shade vine thrive with colorful hydrangeas, deer-proof heucheras, & giant-leaved hostas.
Special features: Cut flower, Dried flower, Easy care, Fast hrowing, Heat tolerant, Long blooming, Moisture tolerant, Multi-seasonal interest
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- Botanical name:
Hydrangea anomala petiolaris
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1/2 gallon pots
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30' x 8'
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Background, Foundation planting, Hedge, Massing, Ornamental, Specimen
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Soil: Average, medium moisture, well-drained soils. Mulch plants after soil has warmed to conserve moisture and buffer soil temperatures.
Light: Most varieties tolerate full sun in the North, but benefit from afternoon shade. Tolerates full sun only if grown with consistent moisture. In the South, plants require afternoon shade. Intolerant of drought, with foliage tending to decline considerably in dry conditions
Water: Water to keep soil moist, but not wet.
Spacing: 5 - 10 ft.
Fertilizing: Fertilize once in spring with a fertilizer designed to encourage blooms (such as 15-30-15).
Winterizing: Remove and destroy any fallen foliage that was infected by powdery mildew. If desired, wrap with burlap or other material to help flower buds overwinter in colder climates.
Maintenance & pruning: This variety blooms on old wood. If it is growing too large, prune to the desired size by August (to be safe). Later pruning will damage developing flower buds. In spring, only prune out dead wood once the new growth has emerged. Young plants may be transplanted when dormant in early spring.
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