TREES & Plants

Japanese hydrangea vine

Japanese hydrangea-vine is an excellent vine for wood or stone fences, walls, and arbors.  It attaches to hard surfaces by root-like holdfasts.  Cinnamon-brown bark and large, white lace cap flowers in late June add to the beauty of this climbing vine. 

Botanical name: 
Schizophragma hydrangeoides
All Common Names: 
Japanese hydrangea vine
Family (English): 
Family (Botanic): 
Tree or Plant Type: 
  • Vine
  • Deciduous (foliage falls off)
Native Locale: 
  • Non-native
Hardiness Zones: 
  • Zone 5
  • Zone 6
  • Zone 7
Growth Rate: 
  • Slow
Light Exposure: 
  • Partial shade (4-6 hrs indirect light daily)
  • Full shade (4 hrs or less of light daily)
Soil Preference: 
  • Moist, well-drained soil
Flower Color & Fragrance: 
  • White
Size Range: 
  • Large plant (more than 24 inches)
Landscape Uses: 
  • Screen
Time of Year: 
  • Early summer
  • Mid summer
More Information: 

Tree & Plant Care


Disease, pests, and problems


Disease, pest, and problem resistance


Native geographic location and habitat



Attracts birds, pollinators, or wildlife


Bark color and texture 

  • Color: this vine is attached by root-like, cinnamon-brown holdfasts
  • Texture: peeling 

Leaf or needle arrangement, size, shape, and texture


Flower arrangement, shape, and size

  • Arrangement:
  • Shape: lacecap flowers
  • Size: 8-10” wide

Flowers on old wood.

Fruit, cone, nut, and seed descriptions


Cultivars and their differences 

Schizophragma hydrangeoides ‘Moonlight’ (Moonlight Japanese Hydrangea Vine):    The leaves of this cultivar have a light, sliver-gray mottling.