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
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
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Hydrangea arborescensAlso known as:
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.
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
Easy to propagate by seed, softwood cuttings, or by separating and transplanting suckers.
Native Range & Classification
Recorded County Distribution: USDA data
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
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