Vigorous, climbing vine, clings to surfaces by aerial rootlets. Slow-growing shrubby habit until established, then long stems are produced. Magnificent lace cap form blooms. Deciduous.
Follow a regular watering schedule during the first growing season to establish a deep, extensive root system. Feed with a general purpose fertilizer. Provide support such as a trellis or arbor. Prune annually to control size. Pruning time: summer after flowering.
This is the only Hydrangea that climbs and is so vigorous it can cloak a good-sized house in no time. Being deciduous, it shades walls in summer and lets the sun warm them during winter, thus helping to conserve energy. With its clinging habit, it needs no trellis and will extend up to a second story with ease. Works well as a cloak for fences or to increase an arbor’s shade. An inexpensive cover for concrete retaining walls and freestanding barrier walls.