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Hydrangea arborescens

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Wild Hydrangea

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Wild hydrangea (Hydrangea arborescens) is an excellent multi-stemmed shrub that thrives in shade to part-sun conditions. This 3-5’ tall deciduous shrub produces 4-8” wide, oval-rounded clusters of creamy white flowers displayed on the ends of its branches in mid-summer. After the blooms fade, they make excellent dried flowers. Wild hydrangea can be used for massing or as an accent specimen in the garden. It can be maintained as a shrub that is cut back yearly to limit its size. Wild hydrangea performs best in soils that are evenly moist and slightly acidic. It is a good garden companion for Allegheny pachysandra (Pachysandra procumbens), oakleaf hydrangea (Hydrangea quercifolia), mountain laurel (Kalmia latifolia), Piedmont azalea (Rhododendron canescens), Christmas fern (Polystichum acrostichoides) and Indian pink (Spigelia marilandica). Zones 3-9.  

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