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PlantFiles: Japanese Climbing Hydrangea
Schizophragma hydrangeoides

Family: Hydrangeaceae (hy-drain-jee-AY-see-ee) (Info)
Genus: Schizophragma (ski-zo-FRAG-muh) (Info)
Species: hydrangeoides (hy-drain-jee-OY-deez) (Info)

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Vines and Climbers

20-30 ft. (6-9 m)

10-12 ft. (3-3.6 m)
12-15 ft. (3.6-4.7 m)
15-20 ft. (4.7-6 m)

USDA Zone 4a: to -34.4 C (-30 F)
USDA Zone 4b: to -31.6 C (-25 F)
USDA Zone 5a: to -28.8 C (-20 F)
USDA Zone 5b: to -26.1 C (-15 F)
USDA Zone 6a: to -23.3 C (-10 F)
USDA Zone 6b: to -20.5 C (-5 F)
USDA Zone 7a: to -17.7 C (0 F)
USDA Zone 7b: to -14.9 C (5 F)
USDA Zone 8a: to -12.2 C (10 F)
USDA Zone 8b: to -9.4 C (15 F)

Sun Exposure:
Full Sun
Sun to Partial Shade

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Bloom Color:
White/Near White

Bloom Time:
Late Spring/Early Summer
Mid Summer
Late Summer/Early Fall

Grown for foliage

Other details:
Requires consistently moist soil; do not let dry out between waterings

Soil pH requirements:
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3 positives
1 neutral
No negatives

Gardeners' Notes:

Positive woodsplantlady On Jun 23, 2013, woodsplantlady from Chesterton, IN wrote:

Schizophragma hydrangeoides, Japanese hydrangea vine. Mine is 'Roseum' but 'Moonlight' blooms white. I have it on the north side of the house in almost total shade. It's a vigorous grower in zone 5b. Lovely plant!

Positive joegee On Jun 10, 2008, joegee from Bucyrus, OH (Zone 6a) wrote:

Large vine. Flowers are pleasantly fragrant.

Positive nevadagdn On Mar 28, 2005, nevadagdn from Sparks, NV (Zone 7a) wrote:

This vine is slow to grow IF you start from a small plant. This year it looks like it will start to take off--it's been in the ground for two years.

Neutral Terry On Mar 9, 2001, Terry from Murfreesboro, TN (Zone 7a) wrote:

A true "clinging vine", with roots on the stems that attach the plant firmly to arbors or masonry walls. Deciduous plant can reach 30 feet or more under optimal conditions. Luminous, silvery-green foliage with dark green veins turns orange-red in the fall.

The sterile flowers appear mid-season with showy bracts in white ('Moonlight') or pink ('Roseum'). This plant is often confused with Hydrangea anomala petiolaris. Blooms within a year or two of planting (unlike H. petiolaris, which takes several years to begin blooming.)

The soil should be kept evenly moist. Pruning should be minimal and done in winter. Best success should result from container grown plants set out in the spring.


This plant has been said to grow in the following regions:

, (2 reports)
San Francisco, California
Evanston, Illinois
Waukegan, Illinois
Chesterton, Indiana
Georgetown, Kentucky
Louisville, Kentucky
Frederick, Maryland
Sparks, Nevada
Munsonville, New Hampshire
Bedford, New York
Clarence, New York
Syosset, New York
Windham, New York
Elizabeth City, North Carolina
Flat Rock, North Carolina
Bucyrus, Ohio
Hulbert, Oklahoma
Salem, Oregon
Lansdowne, Pennsylvania
Philadelphia, Pennsylvania
Wilkes Barre, Pennsylvania
Palmyra, Virginia
Seattle, Washington

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