Virginia Tech Dendrology

climbing hydrangea Hydrangeaceae Decumaria barbara L. Listen to the Latin symbol: DEBA4
Leaf: Opposite, simple, elliptical, oval or ovate, 3 to 6 inches, entire or a few slight teeth, shiny dark green above, paler beneath.
Flower: Small, creamy white, fragrant flowers in terminal, round clusters (2 to 4 inches) appearing in late spring.
Fruit: Dry brown, urn-shaped, ribbed capsule, 1/4 to 1/3 inch, ripen in late summer.
Twig: Slender, greenish brown to gray-brown; leaf scar narrow and crescent shaped, unique red hairy buds.
Bark: Reddish to gray-brown, numerous thin aerial rootlets.
Form: Climbing vine, reaching heights of 40 feet; stems become covered in aerial roots.
Looks like: poison-ivy - trumpet creeper - wintercreeper - climbing hydrangea
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Additional Range Information: Decumaria barbara is native to North America. Range may be expanded by planting. See states reporting climbing hydrangea.
External Links: USDA Plants Database
All material © 2017 Virginia Tech Dept. of Forest Resources and Environmental Conservation; Photos and text by: John Seiler, Edward Jensen, Alex Niemiera, and John Peterson