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 Photos of the hydrangea family cousins  (click thumbnails for larger images)           

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Decumaria flowers

The white umbels of fertile flowers climb high into the trees.

Decumaria foliage

Elegant foliage surrounds its host tree.

Leaf comparison

(l to r) decumaria, hydrangea, schyzophragma

Hydrangea petiolaris

The gently drooping branches are attractive even after the white flowers subside, leaving green budded heads behind.

Schizophragma flower

This glorious bloom is better assured with a brightly lit location, but not in full sun.


Schizophragma hydrangeoides 'Moonlight'

The elegant foliage alone would make it worth growing this vine.The leaves are as soft as a baby's behind. The fuzzy texture help distinguish this vine from it's cousins.

Hydrangea petiolaris

This climbin deciduous vine provides vertical accent in the garden.

Hydrangea petiolaris seedheads

After the white umbels fade, the remaining green seed heads are attractive and good for flower arrangements.