Mt Cuba Center
Morning sunrise illuminates the round garden at Mt. Cuba Center.
Explore the Gardens Virtual Tour Virtual Tour

Gardens and trails are open Wednesday through Sunday from 10 am-6 pm. Plan your visit today!

An ecological gardening certificate student completes a Native Plants of Fall exam in Mt. Cuba Center's naturalistic gardens.
Ecological Gardening Certificate Learn More Learn More
Program Guide

Classes offered year-round. Learn to garden in harmony with nature, take an art or wellness class, and more!

Carex barrattii
Latest Trial: Carex for the Mid-Atlantic Region Learn More Learn More
Trial Garden

Mt. Cuba Center evaluates native plants and related cultivars for horticultural and ecological value.

Mt. Cuba Center's natural lands pictured at sunset.
Protecting Natural Lands Learn More Learn More
Ecological Land Management

Mt. Cuba conserves and stewards more than 1,000 acres including meadows, forests, streams and riparian corridors.

Two guests walk down the West Slope path in spring at Mt. Cuba Center.
Gift a Membership Gift Guide Gift Guide

Enjoy unlimited general admission, member discounts, guest passes, and more!

Mt Cuba Center
Back to list

Hydrangea arborescens

Native Plants

Wild Hydrangea

1 Photo


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