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Climbing Hydrangea Vines

Hydrangea anomala petiolaris

Allow this fast-growing, rogue hydrangea to climb up your brick or stone wall for an inexpensive and ethereal addition to your exterior. Creamy white lacecap flower clusters sprinkled through the deep green foliage, these vines will add an unparalleled personality to the shady party in your yard. Like other hydrangeas, it flourishes in well-draining, moist, acidic soil and enjoys the cover of afternoon shade.

Growzone: 5-9

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The Climbing Hydrangea Vine (Hydrangea anomala petiolaris) is a unique departure from the standard hydrangea. Large, fragrant clusters of creamy white flowers pop out of this twisting vine in May and June and are very attractive to wandering butterflies. Surrounding the flowers are dark green leaves. No trellis is needed to grow this climbing vine, as it has the ability to cling to a concrete wall, tree, or almost any surface using its aerial rootlets.

The Climbing Hydrangea flourishes in moist, acidic, well-drained soils, but this resilient plant will tolerate dryer. It enjoys full shade but can tolerate up to the full sun in cooler climates. In fact, it is the only climbing vine that blooms in the shade.

This shade-loving plant can be slow to establish, but don’t let it fool you; once a root system is developed, the vigorous climbing begins, and it can cover your trellis or wall in no time. Flat-topped soft white flowering heads bloom in the summer to offer some shade.

In the fall, this deciduous plant thins, revealing the reddish-brown stems beneath and letting the sunshine through, which conserves energy and provides winter interest. Or, if you so desire, you could train your Climbing Hydrangea to grow horizontal to become an extraordinary ground cover.


Growing Zone: 5-9
Mature Width: 60 to 80 Feet (If left to grow)
Mature Height: 60 to 80 Feet (If left to grow)
Classification: Vine style hydrangea
Sunlight: Full sun to part shade
Habit: Climbing; vine-like
Flower Color: Pure white blooms early summer to early fall
Foliage: Dark green
Pruning Season: Late winter to early spring, promotes increased branching and more flowers. Flowers on new growth
Soil Condition: Any well drained soil
Water Require: Water well until established
Uses: Extremely attractive when used as a privacy shrub when paired with a trellis
This Plants Growzone: 5-9 Climbing Hydrangea Vines Hardiness Zone

How to Care for Climbing Hydrangea Vines

Before you buy an Annabelle Hydrangea, make sure to read about the recommended care instructions to keep this plant healthy and flourishing.

How should I plant my Climbing Hydrangea Vines?

How should I plant my Climbing Hydrangea Vines?

Place your newly purchased Climbing Hydrangea into a hole that is twice as wide as its roots, but no deeper. It is best to start this process in early summer. After covering with well-draining soil and organic matter, wall your plant generously. If you want to double up, space the plants 4 feet apart. As I mentioned earlier, it takes time for the roots to establish, so it may be a while before you see the first bloom; patience is key. Apply around the roots to block pesty weeds and retain moisture.

What kind of fertilizer do I use for my Hydrangea Vine?

What kind of fertilizer do I use for my Hydrangea Vine?

Unlike some of its cousins, this hydrangea is nearly pest and disease-free. The only potential issue that may arise can be traced to a soil that is not acidic enough. In order to prevent this, it is recommended to fertilize your vine's roots with Espoma Soil Acidifier. In addition, adding organic matter, such as compost, to the root zone will provide much-needed nutrients to the hydrangea.

How do I water my Climbing Hydrangea?

How do I water my Climbing Hydrangea?

Water at least weekly, or more often in order to maintain the moist soil your Climbing Hydrangea desires. To test the ground's moisture, stick your finger 2 inches into the ground. If it is getting dry, water your vine that day, but skip if it is already moist.

How do I prune my Climbing Hydrangea Vine?

How do I prune my Climbing Hydrangea Vine?

This vine can grow up to 80 feet tall and wide if left unattended. If this size is not ideal you can train it to be smaller with pruning and trimming. In addition, the blooms grow on old wood, so prune once the blooms fall away in the summer. Pruning in the spring will deter the fragrant blooms from forming.


Frequently Asked questions

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