Pileostegia viburnoides, Climbing Hydrangea is a hardy evergreen self-clinging climber from China first introduced to the Ernest Wilson in 1908. Ideal against a sheltered wall or trellis in a shady or semi-shady position, the foliage is extremely attractive with bright green leathery elliptic-shaped leaves. The creamy-white fragrant flowers are tiny but held on enormous inflorescences that cover the vine in August and early September.
Pileostegia viburnoides can be slow to get established at first. Make sure it isn't exposed to too much sun and that it is kept moist and well-fed during summer.
Climbs by small aerial roots which cling to the wall surface. New growth in Spring is a soft rosy red.
|Synonyms||Pileostegia urceolata, Pileostegia viburnoides var. parviflora, Pileostegia viburnoides var. viburnoides, Schizophragma viburnoides|
|Geographical Origin||China, Taiwan, India, Japan|
|Cultivation||Semi-shaded sheltered location against a wall. Moist, humus-rich soil. Feed and water well during summer. Prune to shape and sized once well-established|
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