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Hydrangea anomala ssp. petiolaris


Climbing Hydrangea

Climbing hydrangea with lacecap style flowers

The large lacy, white flower heads of this climbing Hydrangea appear in late spring and immediately begin to brighten any shady area of the garden. The leaves become a lovely shade of yellow before falling in autumn.


Thrives in both full sun and part shade, looking wonderful climbing on large trees or scrambling over old walls.


Grows best in deep, fertile, moist but well-drained soil. Do not allow to dry out in the summer.

Hydrangea Petiolaris is native to several areas of Asia including the woodlands of Japan, Korea, and the Russian island of Sakhalin.

Plant details

In depth plant information

Property Value
Plant type Climber
Flower colour
Foliage colour
Typically available April - September
Season of interest Summer
Flowering June - August
Evergreen No
Plant height 1010 cm - 1200 cm
Plant width 325 cm - 400 cm
Fragrant flowers No
Attracts bees Yes
Attracts butterflies Yes
Plant height in 5 years 370 cm
Hardiness zone (?) H4

Will perform best in these conditions

Property Value
Soil type Chalk, Clay, Sand, Loam
Light exposure Full sun, Part shade
Soil drainage Well drained, Medium
Planting instructions

Water the plant in its pot thoroughly before planting – give it a good soaking. Prepare the area by digging a hole twice the size of the pot at least 15cm away from the wall, fence or support. Dig compost into the base of the hole. Remove the pot and position the plant – along with its supporting cane in the hole, leaning onto the support, with the top of the rootball about level with the surrounding soil. Refill the planting hole with a mixture of garden soil and compost, firming as you go. Arrange and tie the stems onto the support. Water in well and keep well watered during the plant's first year.

Planting site Patio container, City garden, Courtyard garden

Typically available

From April to September