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Wild Hydrangea (Hydrangea arborescens)

Wild Hydrangea is a deciduous shrub that may grow 3 to 6 feet tall. The leaves are opposite and heart-shaped with a toothed margin. The bark is brown and finely shredded. In early summer, 4- to 6-inch, flat-topped clusters of small white flowers mature. The shrub produces a dry, light brown capsule that matures in the fall.


Flowers are attractive to butterflies and other insects. Songbirds eat the seeds.

Plant Type Shrub
Leaf Type Deciduous
Deer Resistance Moderate
Regions Mountain, Piedmont
Light Partial Sun/Shade, Full Shade
Soil Moist
Bloom Times Spring, Summer
Seed Times Fall
Wildlife Value Seed or Nut
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