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Hydrangea arborescens

Native Plants

Wild Hydrangea

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Wild hydrangea is an excellent multi-stemmed shrub that thrives in shade to part-sun conditions. This 3-5’ tall deciduous shrub produces oval-rounded clusters of creamy white flowers that are 4-8” wide on the ends of its branches in mid-summer. After the flowers of Hydrangea arborescens 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 Pachysandra procumbens, Hydrangea quercifolia, Kalmia latifolia, Rhododendron canescens, Polystichum acrostichoides and Spigelia marilandica.

More Details

  • Plant Type
  • Sun/Shade Conditions
    filtered-shade, partial-shade 
  • Foliage Character
  • Soil Moisture
    average, moist 
  • Flowering Period
    early-summer, late-summer, mid-summer
  • Soil PH
    acidic, adaptable 
  • Flower Color
  • Summer Foliage Color
  • Fall Foliage Color
    green, yellow 
  • Fruit/Seed Color