Hydrangea arborescens L.

Wild Hydrangea

Open, deciduous shrub to about 3 m tall. New growth downy at first. Leaves broadly ovate, long-pointed with large, pointed teeth, dark green above, pale below, occasionally with hairs on the veins and in the vein axils, occasionally with small warts (subsp. discolor). Flower clusters more or less flat, to 15 cm wide. Sterile flowers 1-8 or absent, creamy white, to 2 cm wide. Fertile flowers numerous, white; summer. Ovary inferior. Fruit a capsule with 8-10 ribs.


Source: Spencer, R. (2002). Hydrangeaceae. In: Spencer, R.. Horticultural Flora of South-eastern Australia. Volume 3. Flowering plants. Dicotyledons. Part 2. The identification of garden and cultivated plants. University of New South Wales Press.

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Hydrangea arborescens 'Annabelle'

Flowers extremely large, pure white with few fertile. Originated usa, pre-1978.

kingdom Plantae
phylum   Tracheophyta
class    Magnoliopsida
superorder     Asteranae
order      Cornales
family       Hydrangeaceae
genus        Hydrangea L.