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Hydrangea anomala subsp. petiolaris

Hydrangea anomala subsp. petiolaris
climbing hydrangea
A close-up view reveals the little rootlets that dig into the tree's bark to hang on
Synonym(s) Hydrangea petiolaris
Common name climbing hydrangea
Family hydrangeaceae
Life cycle woody vine
Flowers white (summer)
Size climbs to 50'
Light part-full shade

A cool climber that I've been wanting to grow for a while. My first attempt or two were unsuccessful, and I thought my third try had likewise failed – until one day in early spring, I noticed a vine nicely attached to the trunk of our back-yard golden chain tree. I had planted a nursery purchase there two years ago, but had forgotten about it, and given it up for dead. Now I once again have hope of seeing a mature specimen in our garden. I imagine it won't flower for a few more years, but I can be patient.

We left this plant behind in our Pennsylvania garden (and wish it well); we don't grow it in Houston.

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