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Commonly known as Hortensia
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Evergreen - elliptic to lance-shaped, leathery, mid-green leaves to 15cm (6in) long.
White - greenish-white flowers
Height - 10m (33ft)
Spread - 5m (26ft)
Climber - Some of these climbing plants will need trellis or wire supports if grown on walls or fences. Other grow aerial roots and are self-clinging - woody climber clinging by aerial roots. Flowers in domed corymbs to 15cm (6in) across.
Hardy - average winter - Hardy through most of the UK apart from inland valleys, at altitude and central/northerly locations. May suffer foliage damage and stem dieback in harsh winters in cold gardens. Plant can withstand temperatures down to -10°C (14°F)
Full sun - shelter from cold winds
Harmful if eaten - These will give you an upset tummy, so please don't eat any of these.
May cause skin allergy or irritant - Having skin or eye contact with these plants could result in an allergic reaction, burning or rash.
Additional Features - Pests & Diseases - - red spider mites, scale insects, vine weevils, capsid bugs, grey mould(Botrytis), hydrangea virus, powdery mildew, leaf spot, honey fungus.
Place of origin - Mexico
Hardiness - Frost hardy (down to -5) -
Pruning group - Pruning group 6
Suitable for: Evergreen shrubs or climbers that need little to no pruning.
Action: Trim back shoots that spoil symmetry and to fit available space.
When: Annually after flowering if on previous year's growth, or in later Winter or Spring if flowering on current year's growth, or as requires.
RHS group 9 & 11
Seasonal Interest - Summer -
Soil Conditions - Fertile moist well-drained soil - - humus-rich
Wildlife - Rabbit Resistant -
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