Climbing hydrangea

Pileostegia viburnoides | Rating: 6 votes | Print / Pdf

An evergreen climber, pileostegia viburnoides has everything necessary to turn a bare wall-side into something beautiful. Its long, narrow, lance-shaped, bright green leaves are glossy and significant to the eye, while its floral display in late summer brings a definite elegance. Dense panicles of tiny, creamy white blossoms provide a pleasant aroma in evening time right into autumn. Commonly known as the climbing hydrangea, it can literally carpet a structure given enough time. It thrives in fertile, well-drained soil in either full sun or partial shade. While hardy, it dislikes cold, so a sheltered area is important. Pruning may be necessary to control spread.

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Known dangers?
  • no
Height [m]
  • 6
Spread [m]
  • 1.5
Dominant flower colour
  • White
Flower Fragrance
  • Yes, let it smell
Flowering seasons
  • Late summer
  • Early autumn
  • Mid autumn
  • Late autumn
Foliage in spring
  • Green
Foliage in summer
  • Green
Foliage in Autumn
  • Green
Foliage in winter
  • Green
Propagation methods
  • semi-ripe cuttings
  • layering
Growth habit
  • Climbing
  • Acidic
  • Neutral
  • Alkaline
Hardiness zone
  • Z7-11
Heat zone
  • H12-7
Winter temperatures [°C]
  • -18 - 4
Heat days
  • 60 - 210
  • well-drained
  • well-drained but frequently watered
Soil type
  • sandy
  • Clay
  • chalky
  • loams
Sun requirements
  • Full sun
  • Partial shade
  • Full shade
  • Exposed
  • Sheltered
Standard category
  • Climbers
Grown for
  • Attractive flowers and foliage
Creative category
  • Kid Approved
  • Fine fragrants
  • For Beginners
  • We love the dark
  • Colours
  • For birds & bees
  • For every season
Garden type
  • Cottage garden
Garden spaces
  • Walls, trellises and pergolas
  • Shade
Gardening expertise
  • beginner
Time to reach full size
  • up to 20 years