Wild Hydrangea arborescens, commonly known as wild hydrangea, is a flowering shrub. It is native to North America. It grows well in the United States Department of Agriculture plant hardiness zones 3 through 9. The shrub produces clusters of large white flowers in the summer months. It can increase in many different conditions.
Wild Hydrangea and Smooth Hydrangea usually grows from 1 foot to 8 feet tall. The leaves are ovate and grow between 3 inches and 5 inches long. The flowers are white with three lobes and grow on long arching branches. They bloom during the summer months in midsummer. The flower clusters produce many flowers per bloom cluster.
Growth Habit and Range
This plant species can be found in many locations across the United States. They occur throughout their native range in eastern North America and grow naturally in the southeastern regions of Canada. The plants are most commonly found in moist to dry soils in deciduous forests, along stream banks, and at the edges of swamps. They can also be found growing on rocky hillsides and in old fields.
Flowering Time and Seasonal Color
The flowers are single or double and bloom from July to September. The flowers are white with three lobes. The range of colors for the plants is primarily white, but some varieties have yellow flowers. The blooms usually last a few weeks.
Identification Features of the plant
- The leaves are ovate and grow between 2 and 5 inches long.
- The flowers are white with three lobes. The flowers grow on arching branches during the summer months in midsummer.
- One way to identify wild hydrangea is by its dense clusters of white flowers that produce many small, smooth-petaled flowers per shoot.
- The blooms are fragrant. The flowers are white with three lobes and grow on long arching branches during the summer months in midsummer.
- The plants can be identified by their clusters of white flowers that produce many small, smooth-petaled flowers per shoot.
- The flower buds differ from the leaves, making the plant easy to spot when it is in bloom.
This plant has been used as an ornamental plant. The flowers are often used as a dye. It is also used as a rain dye. A poultice made from the leaves has been used to treat skin infections and wounds. The flowers are edible with an almond-like flavor and are used in some tea types.
The hydrangea shrub is easy to grow in many different conditions. It can be used as an ornamental plant in the garden and wild areas. The flowers and leaves can be used to make a variety of dyes, poultices, teas, and tinctures.