Schizophragma hydrangeoides ‘Moonlight’

Japanese hydrangea vine

Outstanding Qualities

Silver moonlight patterns on the leaves make this self-clinging and well-behaved vine stand out. White lace-cap hydrangea flowers in mid-summer create a graceful and elegant look. Excellent to grow up trees or on mason walls or fences. Disease and pest resistant.

Colors & Combos

Great Color Contrasts: silver, gold, blue

Great Color Partners: dark green, variegated, white

Culture Notes

This Japanese climbing hydrangea will grow well in light to deep shade with well-drained to sandy soil. It will tolerate full sun, but the lovely silver patterns on the leaves only show in shade and fade to green in the sun. Provide regular watering for the best growth and flowering. It will eventually become a large plant; give enough space to fully develop over the years. The vine is often slow to settle in and can take two to three years before growing vigorously. It is also slow to bloom, often taking five to seven years before producing its first flower. In deep shade flowering can take even longer. Be patient and enjoy the lovely foliage of this beautiful vine.

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Quick Facts

Plant Type: vine

Foliage Type: deciduous

Plant Height: 25 ft. 0 in. (7.62 m.)

Plant Width/Spread: 12 ft. 0 in. (3.66 m.)

Hardiness: USDA Zones 5 to 8

Flower Color: white

Sun/Light Exposure: light to deep shade

Water Requirements: regular watering