Climbing Hydrangea (Hydrangea anomala subsp. petiolaris)
hy-DRAIN-jah anomala subspecies pet-ee-oh-LAR-iss

Deciduous Perennial in the Hydrangeaceae Family
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#3 gallon Field $42.58


White, lacy, hand-sized blooms adorn this thick and lush climbing vine. The old adage “first they sleep, then they creep, then they leap” definitely applies here; it takes several years for a climbing hydrangea to get established, but once that’s taken care of, it will grow quickly and can reach up to 50 (yes, you read that right!) feet tall. 


Climbing hydrangeas cling to their building of choice quite vigorously with small rootlets and like sun, but can tolerate partial shade.?


  • Beautiful large white flowers
  • Climbs stone and brick without causing damage
  • Thick, deep green foliage
  • Can be trained to grow horizontally


  • Deciduous, meaning all leaves will drop over the winter months 
  • Stage Five Clinger that will damage paint and wood
  • Usually takes a few years to get established, and grows quite slowly during this time

Plant Data

Mature Size 30 - 50 feet tall. 5 - 6 feet wide.
Growth Rate Moderate
Sun Exposure Partial Shade - Full Sun
Moisture Tolerance Medium
Zones 4a - 8b (Usually hardy to -30° F)
Tags Attracts Butterflies, Attracts Pollinators, Attracts Wildlife, Container, Deciduous, Drought Tolerant, Formal Garden, Foundation, Fragrant Flowers, Full Sun, Good for Accents, Good for Cottage Garden, Good for Cut Flowers, Good for Hedges, Good for Mass Planting, Low Maintenance, Medium, Medium, Normal Soil, Partial Shade, Partial Sun, Perennial, Rabbit Resistant, Showy Flowers, Tolerant of Moist Soil, Trellis, Vine, Well-Drained Soil, Winter Interest
Bloom Period May-July
Flower Color White



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