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Climbing Hydrangea, Hydrangea petiolaris anomala

Common Name: Climbing Hydrangea

Type: vine

Family: Hydrangeaceae

Zone: 4 to 8     Find Your Zone

Height: 30 to 50 feet

Width: 30 to 40

Bloom Time: May to July

Bloom Color: white

Sun exposure: shade to part shade

Soil: well drained, moist

Leaves: deciduous

Fertilizer: Holly-tone and ACR food for acid loving plants

Pruning: Immediately after blooming

This beautiful plant can act as a climber if given something to grow on or a groundcover if there is nothing. Aerial rootlets along the stem, allow this plant to climb and attach to even the smoothest of surfaces. This native to the Himalayas and China, has beautiful woody bark and clusters of creamy white flowers. When growing as a groundcover this plant can cover up to 200 square feet. Considered by me to be one of the best outdoor vines for a landscape.                                         


STEP 1: Digging the hole

  • Find a location that has suitable sun exposure for your particular type of plant.
  • Dig your hole an inch or two shallower than the rootball of the plant.
  • Dig the hole twice the diameter of the rootball.
  • Scuff up the sides of the hole with a shovel to help roots break through the native soil.

STEP 2: Putting plant in hole

  • When removing the plant from the pot, check to see if the roots were circling the pot.
  • If the plant is rootbound, gently break up the roots with your hands until loosened up.
  • Set plant level, in the center of the hole.
  • Make sure the top of the rootball is just above soil level.

STEP 3: Amending the soil and filling in the hole

  • Amend the soil with proper amendments for your soil type. 
  • Incorporate 50% native soil with 50% amendment soils like garden soil, composted manure or soil conditioner.
  • Make sure dirt clods are broken up or removed from hole along with rocks.
  • Fill the hole with soils to the soil level and pack down. Do not cover top of rootball with dirt.
  • Water in thoroughly to remove air pockets.

STEP 4: Mulching and fertilizing

  • Cover the planting site with at least 2 inches of the mulch of your choice (pinestraw, cupress mulch,etc.)
  • High Phosphorus root stimulator fertilizers like Quick Start from Miracle Gro are great to use at time of planting.

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Posted 2015-08-06T15:53:00+0000  by Ingar_HD_ATL Ingar_HD_ATL