Hydrangea seemannii

24 Aug

Hydrangea seemannii (27/07/2013, Kew Gardens, London)

Hydrangea seemannii (27/07/2013, Kew Gardens, London)

Position: Full sun to light shade

Soil: Moist, well drained

Flowering period: Summer

Eventual Height: 10m

Eventual Spread: 4m

Hardiness: 8a, 8b, 9a, 9b 10a

Family: Hydrangeaceae

Hydrangea seemannii is a slow growing, evergreen self clinging climber (via aerial roots) with vigorous woody shoots. Its dark green leathery leaves are ovate with entire margins, up to 15cm long and 8cm broad. Its fragrant white flowers are dome shaped corymbs which are up to 15cm across.

Hydrangea seemanniicommonly known as the Evergreen Climbing Hydrangea, is native to the cloud forests of Mexico.

Hydrangea seemannii Flower (27/07/2013, Kew Gardens, London)

Hydrangea seemannii Flower (27/07/2013, Kew Gardens, London)

The etymological root of the binomial name Hydrangea is derived from the Greek hydor ’water’ and aggeion ‘a vessel or vase’. Seemannii is named after Berthold Carl Seeman (1825 – 1871), a German botanist.

The landscape architect may find Hydrangea seemannii useful as an evergreen flowering self clinging climber for lightly shady locations.

Hydrangea seemannii Leaf (27/07/2013, Kew Gardens, London)

Hydrangea seemannii Leaf (27/07/2013, Kew Gardens, London)

Ecologically,  Hydrangea  seemannii  flowers are attractive to pollinating insects and some birds.

Hydrangea seemannii prefers moist, rich, fertile, well-drained soils. It will tolerate most pH of soil.

Hydrangea seemannii requires little maintenance. Overlong shoots may be  cut back immediately after flowering.

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