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Climbing hydrangea

Climbing hortensias are healthy and strong, they are appreciated for their white ray flowers and the bright yellow autumn colour of their leaves. They're often used to green up facades and are particularly suitable for shady north walls, in streets with little sunlight, to hide downpipes etc... They are easy to care for, but they need, as the latin name suggests, a lot of water!

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(Climbing Hortensia, lat.: Hydrangea (anomala) petiolaris)

Blooming Climbing Hydrangea

Requirements / Price

Location in partial or full shade with an acidic to neutral humose soil, always moist and even wet if possible (water regularly if needed). A compacted or calcareous soil is poorly tolerated. Planting distance between individual specimens: 1.5 to 4 meters. 

Caracteristics and Pruning

Climbing hydrangea are native to Japan and were introduced in Europe around 1830. Self-climber with adventive roots, that grows a little lower than in height than ivy: up to 6 meters or more. With a trellis it can be formed as woody shrub with a more orderly and less sparse appearance. The foliage lasts from April/May until the end of October. In June/July there are large flower umbels and ray flowers as bright white stars. The foliage is pale yellow to golden yellow in autumn, with inconspicuous capsule fruits, decorative reddish brown shoots in winter. Pruning in spring promotes branching of the shoots.

Growing aids on facades

Even though they have adventive roots, climbing hydrangeas benefit from a trellis to support its frame and to ensure they won't fall from the facade. Choose a heavy trellis in the table depending on the desired height for the plant.

Suitable wire rope trellis?

Click on the picture to see a list of suitable trellis designs for the climbing hortensia.

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

Facade greening with Climbing Hydrangea

This photo galery pictures climbing hydrangeas cultivated on building 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 and Trellises

Leaves, flowers, autumnal colours, appearance in the winter months, pruning, young shoots in spring and trellises are pictures here?

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)