By Ronniebofa

Hydrangea potiolaris

Hydrangea petiolaris growing on North facing wall next my front door makes a statement at this time of year as it is covered with flower corymbs that add a splash of brightness to what would otherwise be a dark featureless area. This climbing hydrangea is a species native to the woodlands of Japan, the Korean peninsula, and on Sakhalin island of easternmost Siberia in the Russian Far East but it does well in Bridge of Allan. It is an extremely vigorous woody climbing vine plant, easily growing to 30 to 50 ft (9 to 15 m) height and 5 to 6 ft (2 to 2 m) wide once established . It provides excellent habitat for small song birds and this year a robin and wren have chosen it as their nesting site.

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