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Decumaria barbara

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:
showy flowers, deciduous, fragrant, bees, butterflies

NCCES plant id: 475

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