wild hydrangea Hydrangeaceae Hydrangea arborescens 0 Listen to the Latin symbol: HYAR Other Fact Sheets
Leaf: Opposite, simple, serrated margin, heart-shaped, 4 to 10 inches long, upper surface dull dark green, lower surface slightly paler.
Flower: Flat-topped clusters (4 to 6 inches across) of small white flowers, larger sterile flowers may be present along edges of cluster, appearing in early summer.
Fruit: Dry, light brown capsules appearing in early fall.
Twig: Moderate, light brown to brown, large white pith, scales present where new branches form, buds 1/8 inch long, leaf scar shallow, U-shape with 3 bundle scars.
Bark: Brown, finely shreddy.
Form: Small, 3 to 6 feet tall, open shrub with a round crown and many unbranched stems.

Looks like: bigleaf hydrangea - panicle hydrangea - oakleaf hydrangea
leaf flower fruit twig bark form map
Additional Range Information:
Hydrangea arborescens is native to North America.
Range may be expanded by planting.
See states reporting wild hydrangea.
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External Links:
USDA Plants Database
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