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Climbing Hydrangea (Decumaria barbara)

Climbing Hydrangea is a deciduous vine that may climb 30 to 40 feet. The leaves are opposite with a smooth margin and pale underside. The bark is reddish to gray-brown with numerous thin, aerial rootlets. In early summer, small, creamy white, fragrant flowers are borne on rounded 2- to 4-inch terminal clusters. The vine produces a brown, urn-shaped, ribbed capsule that matures in early fall.


Flowers are attractive to bees, butterflies and other pollinators.

Plant Type Vine
Leaf Type Deciduous
Deer Resistance Moderate
Regions Coastal Plain
Light Full Sun, Partial Sun/Shade, Full Shade
Soil Moist
Bloom Times Summer
Seed Times Late Summer, Fall
Wildlife Value Butterfly/Insect Nectar
NC Forest ServiceNC Cooperative Extension