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Hydrangea arborescens

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Plant types and subtypes: Trees & Shrubs, Shrubs, Deciduous

Light Requirements: part-sun, part-shade

Water Use: medium

Soil Moisture: moist

Soil Description: acid, rich, clay, sand, gravel/rock

Height: 3'-6'

Bloom Time: July, August, September

Bloom Color: white

Leaf Color: green

Hardiness Zone: 5, 6, 7, 8

Additional Tags: colonizing, fall interest, medicinal, naturalizing, pond margin plant, shade garden plant, stream margin plant

Hydrangea arborescens (wild hydrangea)
  • Hydrangea arborescens (wild hydrangea)
  • Hydrangea arborescens (wild hydrangea)
  • Hydrangea arborescens (wild hydrangea)
  • Hydrangea arborescens (wild hydrangea)

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Description

Hydrangea arborescens

Also known as:

wild hydrangea

,

sevenbark

Scientific Synonyms:

Description

Hydrangea arborescens is a fast growing, medium height deciduous shrub that rarely grows beyond 6'. The leaves are up to 6" long and 5" across, opposite, oval tapering to a point, with serrated margins. The stems are typically unbranched (canes), and each one is terminated by a dense, flat-topped cluster of whitish flowers that can be up to 6" in diameter. Each one of these clusters is composed of a few sterile flowers around the perimeter, and although showier than the tiny fertile flowers in the center, they are short lived whereas the fertile ones will persist for months.

Cultivation

Wild hydrangea is easy to grow in bright, filtered light, and moist soil rich in organic material. It does not tolerate dry conditions, and care should be taken to keep it well watered during extended dry spells. To maintain an attractive form, shrubs should be cut back to the ground before they break dormancy in late winter. Plants tend to produce suckers, a habit that can be used advantageously to create thickets or hedgerows. The bloom period begins in early to mid-summer, with the fertile flower clusters remaining attractive well into fall. Zones 5-8

Propagation

Easy to propagate by seed, softwood cuttings, or by separating and transplanting suckers.

Native Range & Classification

Recorded County Distribution: USDA data

Native Range:
AR, CT, DC, DE, FL, GA, IL, IN, KS, KY, LA, MA, MD, MO, MS, NC, NJ, NY, OH, OK, PA, SC, TN, VA, WV

USDA Endangered Status:

  • Endangered: FL, NY

Classification

Kingdom Plantae Plants
Subkingdom Tracheobionta Vascular plants
Superdivision Spermatophyta Seed plants
Division Magnoliophyta Flowering plants
Class Magnoliopsida Dicotyledons
Subclass Rosidae
Order Rosales
Family Hydrangeaceae Hydrangea family
Genus Hydrangea hydrangea
Species Hydrangea arborescens wild hydrangea