Schizophragma hydrangeoides
Japanese Hydrangea-vine

 Plant Type:
 Deciduous / Evergreen:
 Ultimate Height:
20-30 feet
 Ultimate Spread:
6-9 feet
Prefers well-drained, loamy soils
Japan and Korea
 Diagnostic Characteristics:
Leaves are opposite, simple, broad-ovate, coarsely toothed to coarsely dentate, short acuminate, rounded to cordate at base, lustrous dark green, glabrous at 2 to 4 (5)" in length and 2-4" in width. Petioles range from 1 to 3" in length. First year stems are reddish brown and pubescent whereas the second year a lighter brown, vertically fissured, glabrous, developing root-like holdfasts. Flowers are sterile, one large 1 to 1 1/3" long, ovate sepal which collectively form a large, flat-topped, 8 to 10" inflorescence.

Additional Information

The Japanese Hydrangea-vine is a shade tolerant vine within the Hydrangea family. Root-like fixtures, or adhesive rootlets, allow this vine to grow vertically up masonry walls, trellis structures, and sides of buildings. Its flowers are lace-cap hydrangea-like clusters that bloom in mid-June through July.

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