Hydrangea arborescens

Common name: Smooth Hydrangea

Native plant

One of the best shade tolerant plants we grow. Typically we find this plant in open woods, shaded wetlands, and along woodland streams. White corymbs bloom in June and July. Can form colonies, but not aggressively. We use the plant to indicate when to water because it is one of the first to wilt. The flowers make great dried arrangements.


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Plant Details

Plant type


Soil type

Mesic (Not too Wet Not too Dry), Moist Mesic

Light exposure

Full Sun, Partial Sun / Part Shade, Shade

Bloom period

Late Spring

Urban environment

New Construction, Yards that Flood

Growth form

Shrubby/Clump, Ground cover

Growth rate


Flower color


Fall color



Mature height
3 Feet
Mature width
3 Feet
Max height
6 Feet
Max width
8 Feet

Additional information

Loved by birds Pollinator hot spot

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