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Hydrangea barbara

Common Name(s):

Previously known as:

  • Decumaria barbara
Phonetic Spelling
BAR-bar-ah
Description

Decumaria barbara, also known as Climbing Hydrangea, is a beautiful choice for tree grove understory and wild gardens. A native seen 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 deciduous, semi-evergreen 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. It is found naturally in swamps, bottomlands, and moist forests in the mountains.

Its bark is reddish to gray-brown with numerous thin, arial rootlets.

It must climb to produce flowers and will need support such as an arbor or trellis.

Fire Risk: This plant has an extreme flammability rating and should not be planted within the defensible space of your home.  Select plants with a low flammability rating for the sites nearest your home. 

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.  

 

Cultivars / Varieties:
Tags:
#bees#fragrant#showy flowers#deciduous#wildlife plant#fire#extreme flammability#NC native#native vine#food source nectar#food source pollen#Coastal FACW#Piedmont Mountains OBL#butterfly friendly#butterflies#pollinators
 
Cultivars / Varieties:
Tags:
#bees#fragrant#showy flowers#deciduous#wildlife plant#fire#extreme flammability#NC native#native vine#food source nectar#food source pollen#Coastal FACW#Piedmont Mountains OBL#butterfly friendly#butterflies#pollinators
  • Attributes:
    Genus:
    Hydrangea
    Species:
    barbara
    Family:
    Hydrangeaceae
    Country Or Region Of Origin:
    South East USA
    Fire Risk Rating:
    extreme flammability
    Wildlife Value:
    It's flowers are attractive to bees, butterflies and other pollinators.
    Play Value:
    Attracts Pollinators
    Fragrance
    Particularly Resistant To (Insects/Diseases/Other Problems):
    This plant is moderately resistant to damage from deer.
    Climbing Method:
    Clinging
  • Whole Plant Traits:
    Plant Type:
    Native Plant
    Vine
    Woody Plant Leaf Characteristics:
    Deciduous
    Habit/Form:
    Climbing
    Growth Rate:
    Medium
  • Cultural Conditions:
    Light:
    Dappled Sunlight (Shade through upper canopy all day)
    Full sun (6 or more hours of direct sunlight a day)
    Soil Drainage:
    Moist
    Occasional Flooding
    NC Region:
    Coastal
    Mountains
    Usda Plant Hardiness Zone:
    6a, 6b, 7a, 7b, 8a, 8b
  • Fruit:
    Fruit Color:
    Brown/Copper
    Display/Harvest Time:
    Summer
    Fruit Type:
    Capsule
    Fruit Description:
    The vine produces a brown, urn-shaped ribbed capsule that matures in late summer (July-October)
  • Flowers:
    Flower Color:
    White
    Flower Inflorescence:
    Umbel
    Flower Value To Gardener:
    Fragrant
    Flower Bloom Time:
    Spring
    Summer
    Flower Size:
    3-6 inches
    Flower Description:
    The Climbing hydrangea has rounded 2"-4" terminal clusters of small, fragrant, snow white flowers. Flowers bloom May-June
  • Leaves:
    Woody Plant Leaf Characteristics:
    Deciduous
    Leaf Color:
    Green
    Leaf Arrangement:
    Opposite
    Hairs Present:
    No
    Leaf Description:
    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.
  • Bark:
    Bark Color:
    Dark Brown
    Light Gray
    Red/Burgundy
    Bark Description:
    Its bark is reddish to gray-brown with numerous thin, arial rootlets. It attaches with root-like holdfasts for covering unattractive walls and buildings. Suited to shade arbors and fences.
  • Stem:
    Stem Is Aromatic:
    No
  • Landscape:
    Landscape Location:
    Vertical Spaces
    Woodland
    Landscape Theme:
    Butterfly Garden
    Pollinator Garden
    Attracts:
    Bees
    Butterflies
    Pollinators
    Songbirds
    Resistance To Challenges:
    Deer