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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)


Vines and Climbers

Foliage Color:

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Bloom Characteristics:

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Water Requirements:

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

Where to Grow:

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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:

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Soil pH requirements:

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Patent Information:

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Propagation Methods:

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Seed Collecting:

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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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Gardeners' Notes:


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!


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

Large vine. Flowers are pleasantly fragrant.


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.


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.