- Common Name(s):
- Climbing hydrangea
- Native Plants, Vines
Decumaria barbara, also known as Climbing hydrangea, is a beautiful choice for tree grove understory and wild gardens. A native that adds primordial looks to woodlands and will easily cloak a relic of a shed or outbuilding in romantic foliage and flowers. Effective at playing down fences and multistory walls with clinging plant material. May also cover a trellis or arbor with superadapted greenery.
This woody vine has dark green foliage that fades to dull beige in fall. The leaves are opposite with a smooth margin and pale underside. It is a large leafy vine that attaches with root-like holdfasts for covering unattractive walls and buildings. Suited to shade arbors and fences.
Its bark is reddish to gray-brown with numerous thin, arial rootlets.
It must climb to produce flowers and will need support such as arbor or trellis.
Regions: Coastal plains
Seasons of Interest:
Blooms: Summer Nut/Fruit/Seed: Late summer/fall
Wildlife Value: This plant is moderately resistant to damage from deer. It's flowers are attractive to bees, butterflies and other pollinators.
- Up to 60 ft.
- The Climbing hydrangea has rounded 2"-4" terminal clusters of small, fragrant, snow white flowers. The vine produces a brown, urn-shaped ribbed capsule that matures in early fall.
- Sun to partial shade; moist soil
- 2 to 4 in. white flower clusters on new growth in late spring; tan seeds
- Growth Rate:
NCCES plant id: 475