‘Moonlight’ Japanese Climbing Hydrangea
A close relative of the true climbing hydrangea (Hydrangea anomala subsp. petiolaria), Schizophragma hydrangeoides ‘Moonlight’ is a self-climbing, deciduous vine. Using adhesive rootlets borne along its stems, it can climb a masonry wall or a tree without harming or overwhelming its support.In fall, the leaves turn from lime green to yellow before dropping to reveal a scaffold of reddish brown woody stems.
The young foliage, however, is like a full moon on a clear night; the heart-shaped leaves , 3 to 5 inches across, have a silvery sheen accented with dark green veins. Creamy, scented, lacecap blooms appear in summer for 6 to 8 weeks. ‘Moonlight’ prefers well-drained soil with average moisture in dappled sun to full shade. Although slow to start, it will eventually reach 20 or 30 feet.