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Japanese Climbing Hydrangea 'Moonlight'

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)
Cultivar: Moonlight


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:


Gaylesville, Alabama

San Francisco, California

Plainfield, Illinois

Winnetka, Illinois

Roslindale, Massachusetts

Colts Neck, New Jersey

Rutherford, New Jersey

Bedford, New York

New York City, New York

Chapel Hill, North Carolina

Greensboro, North Carolina

Glouster, Ohio

Christiana, Tennessee

Houston, Texas

South Jordan, Utah

Concrete, Washington

Seattle, Washington

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Gardeners' Notes:


On May 6, 2014, coriaceous from ROSLINDALE, MA wrote:

'Moonlight' differs from the species in having a subtle, attractive silvery overlay to the leaves, which emphasizes the pattern of the venation and helps the foliage stand out from the background in a shady spot.

A great wall climber in shade.


On May 5, 2014, bobbieberecz from Concrete, WA wrote:

I received this plant in a gallon size pot as a gift 2 years ago. I had placed it in all day dappled shade and it was happy right from the start. It immediately started to grow. It wasn't out where I could enjoy it's beautiful white petals so when we built an arbor the following spring, I placed it in the same dappled shade in a different spot. It had already started putting out new growth but abruptly went into a pout with the transplant. It refused to grow all season and was limp and drab looking for most of the summer. But it has revived this spring!! It is positively bushy with new growth and is already 3 inches longer on all of its branches with a multitude of flower buds---too many to count. The leaves are beautiful and fresh. My soil is sandy loam with a rich nutritious mul... read more


On Jul 6, 2012, Fiordiligi from Rutherford,
United States wrote:

The plant is doing well in two different spots, getting a mix of sun and shade. I don't have flowers yet--this is its first summer--but I am impressed with the healthy, attractive growth and undemanding nature of this plant. I do water it frequently as it is near my roses and vegetables. It looks like it will do its job of covering neighbors' fences.


On Jun 14, 2008, plantaholic186 from Winnetka, IL wrote:

This is a beautiful plant, and a great complement to Climbing Hydrangea, but it grows excruciatingly slowly. I had one in my last garden that grew less than 6" in the 7 years I lived there. The plant will take off eventually, but only if it's in the perfect conditions.

Update: My Schizophragma has finally bloomed, after four years of settling in. Only one this year, but worth the wait! It has stayed on the plant for a month so far, only fading slightly to green, but still looks clean and fresh.
I read somewhere that Schizophragma does not grow outward as much as climbing Hydrangea, projecting only about one foot from its support, unlike the Hydrangea's 2 foot reach. So far, mine is following that description.