Saxapahaw, NC

The Flower of Carolina


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    Climbing Hydrangea (Hydrangea barbara)
    Hydrangea Family

    Climbing Hydrangea is a deciduous to semi-evergreen vine reaching heights of up to 30’. Leaves are a dark, glossy green that turn red and orange in the fall. This vine climbs by rooting into surfaces. Old vines can be very thick and heavily rooted, and are not recommended for climbing important structures, like houses. Instead, plant at the base of tall trees with few low limbs, or a very sturdy trellis. It can also be used as a stabilizing ground cover, but will only flower if allowed to climb. Creamy white blooms appear in the spring on new wood. Found in the wild in semi-shady wet forests, and swamps, this plant will grow best in consistently moist soil in part sun or part shade. Tolerates acidic soil, and does not like lean, dry soils. It grows rather slow, but is very long lived and worth the wait.

    Blooms: White, 4-6 weeks, May-June
    Leaves: Shiny, dark green, 3-4”, oval, semi-evergreen
    Height: 30’+
    Space: 1-3’
    Soil: Average-Moist
    Exposure:  Part sun-Part shade-Shade
    Fauna: Bees, butterflies, small flies
    Deer Resistance: Medium
    Zone: 6-9
    Native Status: NC Native, common in the Sandhills, rare in the Piedmont and Mountains
    Provenance: Unknown, asexually produced