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Climbing Hydrangea

Hydrangea (anomala) petiolaris

The Climbing Hydrangea is a popular self-clinging climber (sticker) and much appreciated for its white (peripheral) flowers.

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Blooming Climbing Hydrangea

Requirements / Price

Semi-shaded to shaded position, acid to neutral soil with plenty of humus, definitely moist or even wet soil. Soil compaction and lime are not well tolerated. Distance from plant to plant: 1.5 - 4 m.

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Characteristics and Pruning

Sticker (self clinging climber) which climbs with the help of adhesive aerial rootlets, growth rate and height less than ivy. Foliage from April / May until end of October, yellow autumn colouring. Very decorative red-brown shoots in winter.


Flower and Fruit

Large, flat umbels in June/July,  starlike peripheral (sterile) flowers, open for a long time. Fruit: inconspicuous capsules.



Primarily in spring, encourages branching of the long shoots.

Climbing Plant Support System

Some additional wires for attaching and guidance recommended. For suitable support systems refer below. Depending on height and prefered distance to wall, all construction styles can be used. Please also note the suitability chart for more information on suitable arrangements of wire ropes.

Appropriate wire rope systems?

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Hyndrangea petiolaris on a wall
2 Hydrangea on a office building
Climbing hydrangeas need a lot of watering
Beautiful Climbing hydrangea in autumn, Naumburg / Saxony

Greening Buildings wand facades with Climbing hydrangea

This picture gallery gives some answers to the question: "How can climbing hydrangea be used for greening facades?"

Very young Climbing hydrangea anomala
Young Hydrangea with new shoots
Hydrangea (anomala) petialares at an entrance
Two climbing hydrangea
Wall greening with a climbing hydrangea
Climbing hydrangea in a public place
Climbing hydrangea in a shopping street
Same plant as shown on the previous picture, 2 years later (2008)
Hydrangea on a drainpipe, Bautzen / Saxony
Hydrangea covering a drainpipe
Greenery with large Climbing hydrangea, Naumburg / Saxony-Anhalt
Big Hydrangea petiolares
Hydrangea on a wooden trellis, autumn-coloring
Two Climbing hydrangeas on a wooden espalier (for better forming)
Two Hydrangea on 2 wire ropes each, rigorous sommerpruning
Sturdy Hydrangea petiolares
Greening a house with climbing hydrangea
Two small climbing hydrangeas
Older climbing hydrangea
Small hydrangea without pruning
Climbing hydrangea
Building greenery with Hydrangea in public
Small greenery with Hydrangea
Greening a base of a building with Hydrangea, Manor-Sierhagen / Schleswig-Holstein
Climbing hydrangea in a narrow alley, Groitzsch / Saxony
Greening a double garage with Hydrangea, Wire rope system 4020
Greening of a house
Climbing hydrangea in late autumn

Botanical features

This photo gallery shows leaves, fruits, blossom, autumn-coloring, phenotype in winter and budding in spring. Both types in comparison. Use of climbing aids is also discussed.

Without pruning and guidance on trellises, Hydrangeas look like bushes
Aerial rootlets of Hydrangea
Flower umbel with vivid white blossoms
Potted Hydrangea with yellow autumn foliage
Small climbing hydrangea with beautiful golden yellow autumn foliage
Two Hydrangea wihtouth beeing pruned in winter
Pruning occasionally is neseccary for boosting branching of the long shoots
Horizontal wire rope for some hydrangea petiolaris
Vertical wire ropes for vertical growth
Budding in spring
Young leaves in spring
This climbing hydrangea fell of a wall...
..later the same plant got a "fall protection" (wire ropes)