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Pileostegia viburnoides

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Characteristics

Plant type

Climber/Wall Shrub

Habit

Climbing

Resilience

Hardiness

H5 (hardy - cold winter)

Colour

Flower

White in Autumn and Summer

Foliage

Green in Autumn, Spring, Summer and Winter

Size

Ultimate height

4-8 metres

Ultimate spread

1-1.5 metres

Time to ultimate height

10-20 years


Preferred common name

climbing hydrangea

Family

Hydrangeaceae


Pileostegia are evergreen shrubs, climbing by aerial roots, with paired leaves and panicles of small white flowers

P. viburnoides is a large, self-clinging, slow-growing climber with leathery, narrowly elliptic leaves to 15cm in length. Dense terminal panicles of small, creamy-white flowers

How to grow

Sunlight

  • Full sun
  • Part shade
  • Full shade

Aspect

  • South-facing, West-facing, East-facing or North-facing
  • Sheltered or Exposed

Cultivation

Will grow on a wall facing any aspect so long as it is not very cold and the soil is fertile and well-drained

Soil

  • Moist but well-drained or Well-drained
  • Acid, Alkaline or Neutral
  • Chalk, Clay, Sand or Loam

Propagation

Propagate by layering or semi-hardwood cuttings

Suggested planting locations and garden types

Wall-side Borders


How to care

Pruning

Pruning group 11 in early spring

Pests

Generally pest free

Diseases

Generally disease free