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Hydrangea petiolaris, Climbing hydrangea

Hydrangea anomala subsp. petiolaris

Photo: Hydrangea petiolaris, Climbing hydrangea

General description

A star plant, this climbing Hydrangea thrives in some of the most shady, inhospitable areas of the garden. Slow to establish, it will eventually romp along a wall or fence, clinging by aerial roots. Its almost heart-shaped, dark green leaves turn yellow in autumn, and masses of showy, lacy, white flowerheads appear in late spring and early summer.

Plant requirements

Plant in moist, fertile soil and do not allow the soil to dry out while the plant is getting established.


This hydrangea flowers on the previous season’s wood, so if you need to prune it back, do so in late autumn or early spring, but be warned that this will restrict flowering the following year.

Practical use

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300 - 1000 cm
Soil type
Clay, Loam
Full sun, Partial shade
Acid, Alkaline, Neutral
Well-drained, Poorly-drained, Moist but well-drained