Climbing Hydrangea

Hydrangea petiolaris | Also known as: Hydrangea anomala subsp. petiolaris | Rating: 7 votes | Print / Pdf

Don't climb the climbing hydrangea, or you'll put yourself in climbing high danger.

Hydrangea petiolaris is a climbing vine plant native to Asia. It can grow up to 50ft high and 6ft wide. In the wild it can be found climbing rock faces and large trees, clinging to them with aerial roots. It has loose clusters of small white flowers on long stalks. It has capsule fruit that contain winged seeds. You can grow it up a wall or a trellis, and is best suited to a spot that gets sun in the morning and is shaded in the afternoon. It doesn't cling very tightly, so a little extra support can be useful, perhaps tie it to a trellis with some twine to prevent wind damage.

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Known dangers?
  • no
Height [m]
  • 15
Spread [m]
  • 4
Dominant flower colour
  • White
Flower Fragrance
  • No, neutral please
Flowering seasons
  • Early summer
  • Mid summer
  • Late summer
Foliage in spring
  • Green
Foliage in summer
  • Green
Foliage in Autumn
  • Yellow
  • Yes, let it smell
Propagation methods
  • softwood cuttings
  • seed
  • Hardwood cuttings
Growth habit
  • Climbing
  • Twining
  • Tapering
  • Acidic
  • Neutral
Hardiness zone
  • Z4-8
Heat zone
  • H9-1
Winter temperatures [°C]
  • -34 - -7
Heat days
  • 0 - 150
  • well-drained but frequently watered
Soil type
  • sandy
  • Clay
  • loams
Sun requirements
  • Full sun
  • Partial shade
  • Sheltered
Standard category
  • Climbers
Grown for
  • Attractive Flowers
Creative category
  • Kid Approved
  • For Beginners
  • Colours
  • Show-offs
  • Roses & classics
  • Author's choice
Garden type
  • Cottage garden
  • Containers
  • City
Garden spaces
  • Flower beds
  • Borders
Gardening expertise
  • beginner
Time to reach full size
  • up to 10 years