Schizophragma hydrangeoides

Tried and Trouble-free Recommended by 2 Professionals
Common Name: Japanese hydrangea vine
Type: Vine
Family: Hydrangeaceae
Native Range: Japan, Korea
Zone: 5 to 8
Height: 20.00 to 30.00 feet
Spread: 6.00 to 9.00 feet
Bloom Time: June to July
Bloom Description: White
Sun: Part shade to full shade
Water: Medium
Maintenance: Medium
Flower: Showy
Tolerate: Heavy Shade


Best grown in rich, medium moisture, well-drained soil in part shade to full shade. Prune in late winter to early spring. A single plant will eventually grow 30' or more wide, though for quick coverage of a wall, space 6-9' apart.

Noteworthy Characteristics

Japanese hydrangea vine is a deciduous, woody-stemmed, climbing vine which is valued for its toothed, heart-shaped, deep green leaves (3-5" long) and large, flat-topped, lace cap hydrangea-like clusters (8-10" across) of white flowers which bloom in early summer. Foliage turns yellow in fall. Attaches to and grows up flat vertical surfaces such as masonry walls by stem-borne adhesive rootlets. Reddish-brown stems provide some interest in winter.


No serious insect or disease problems. Often slow to establish.

Garden Uses

Use in shaded areas to climb a masonry wall or tree or to sprawl over low walls or rocks.