Hmmm, climbing hydrangea?

w1ldflower(5)December 30, 2012

This photos was taken in August/zone 5. I'm inclined to believe based on the leaves and blooms that this is a climbing hydrangea, but not being familiar with them, it appears to be structured more like a small shrub than a vine.... hence my confusion. Hopefully a wiser owl can confirm or contradict this. Thanks in advance for your help!

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It's Hydrangea paniculata.

    Bookmark   December 30, 2012 at 8:06PM
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luis_pr(7b/8a Hurst, TX)

I concur with carol23. The panicle shaped blooms suggest that it is a paniculata. Climbing hydrangea (Hydrangea anomala ssp. petiolaris) has white lacecap blooms (see the link below for a picture). It prefers to climb up a "surface" (tree, fence, etc) or spread on the ground, as opposed to creating a bush like the one on the picture.

Paniculatas will develop white panicle-shaped large blooms in June but some like Tardiva may bloom much later. After 3-4 weeks, the white blooms will change color. They are very cold hardy and will tolerate growing in clayish soils (up to a point). While some dwarf versions are being introduced lately, most tend to be 8-10 feet tall or more. Grandiflora (also known as Pee Gee) will get even taller and can be grown as a tree. The large blooms can be a problem sometimes when they get wet, causing an arching shrub effect.

Some well known paniculatas: Burgundy Lace, Grandiflora, Kyushu, Limelight (Little Lime is the dwarf version), Pee Wee, Pink Diamond, Pinky Winky, Tardiva, Unique, Vanilla Strawberry, White Moth, etc

Close up of the blooms:

Here is a link that might be useful: Picture of a climbing hydrangea in bloom

    Bookmark   January 1, 2013 at 2:48AM
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Embothrium(USDA 8 Sunset 5 WA)

Like many other climbing shrubs climbing hydrangea forms a mound where a vertical support that would take it higher is not present. But, apart from other differences from H. paniculata its stems angle downward rather than up.

    Bookmark   January 1, 2013 at 1:06PM
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