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Schizophragma integrifolium AGM

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Characteristics

Plant type

Climber/Wall Shrub

Habit

Climbing

Toxicity

Resilience

Hardiness

H5 (hardy - cold winter)

Colour

Flower

White in Summer

Foliage

Green in Autumn, Spring and Summer

Size

Ultimate height

8-12 metres

Ultimate spread

2.5-4 metres

Time to ultimate height

10-20 years


Preferred common name

Chinese hydrangea vine

Family

Hydrangeaceae


Schizophragma are deciduous shrubs, climbing by aerial roots, with broadly ovate leaves and showy flower-heads resembling lacecap hydrangeas, with large, ovate, bract-like outer florets

S. integrifolium is a vigorous, large deciduous shrub climbing by aerial roots, with slender-pointed, ovate, entire leaves to 17cm in length. Flowers inconspicuous but surrounded by showy white ovate bracts to 9cm in length

How to grow

Sunlight

  • Full sun
  • Part shade

Aspect

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

Cultivation

Requires plenty of space, best grown against a large tree or wall - the plant attaches itself by aerial roots. Soil should be moist but well-drained with plenty of organic matter added

Soil

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

Propagation

Propagate by softwood cuttings or semi-hardwood cuttings

Suggested planting locations and garden types

Wall-side Borders


How to care

Pruning

Pruning group 11 in spring

Pests

Generally pest free

Diseases

Generally disease free