Collected by Crug Farm in the high mountains of Yakushima, this rare variety of climbing Hydrangea is much reduced in size. This self-clinging vine has tiny dark-hued terrestrial leaves as it clambers about on the ground and over boulders but once it finds a likely tree trunk, it will climb to 10' or more with larger leaves and white lace-cap flowers in early summer.
If you have the room for this big dudess, prepare to have this rock your world. Large shrub to nearly a small tree, this is bold with a capital B. Big roughly hairy leaves with big lacecap flowers with big white sterile florets surrounding the big dome of fertile lavender flowers. Big is the operative word here. Majestically statuesque. The Stormy Daniels of hydrangeas.
A Hinkley collection from Taiwan of this widespread and confusing taxon. Small narrow green leaves densely cloak this thickly branched small shrub. Small white lacecap style flowers are in keeping with the smaller stature. Likely best in a more sheltered position and a necessary addition for the hydrangea collector.
Species recently introduced from Vietnam and hardiness not known but warmer zone 8 and above is safe. Well worth taking a chance on as the lacecap flowers have that little sumpin' sumpin' that made this the staff favorite here. White sterile flowers surround fertile florets of pink to indigo depending on pH and clonal differences.
From Hubei Province in China where this was growing on a steep slope in the moderate shade of a mixed deciduous canopy. A lacecap species with a dense dome of whitish fertile flowers accompanied by a spare fringe of sterile white florets. This variety is differentiated from the others by its ovate-obovate leaves and sparse hairs on the underside. Inquiring minds want to know.
This is a fine double flowered selection of this charming Japanese species. Individual white florets, sometimes blushed in palest pink, are elegantly doubled. In Japan, this would be regarded as a double form of var. yezoensis which grows on the Japan Sea side of Honshu.and southern Hokkaido. Uncommon.