• AGM plants

    AGM plants have been through a rigorous trial and assessment programme. They are:

    • Excellent for ordinary use in appropriate conditions
    • Available to buy
    • Of good constitution
    • Essentially stable in form & colour
    • Reasonably resistant to pests & diseases

Schizophragma integrifolium

Chinese hydrangea vine

AGM plants

AGM plants have been through a rigorous trial and assessment programme. They are:

  • Excellent for ordinary use in appropriate conditions
  • Available to buy
  • Of good constitution
  • Essentially stable in form & colour
  • Reasonably resistant to pests & diseases
Chinese hydrangea vine

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  • Other common names Chinese hydrangea vine

  • Family Hydrangeaceae

  • Genus Schizophragma are deciduous shrubs, climbing by aerial roots, with broadly ovate leaves and showy flower-heads resembling lacecap hydrangeas, with large, ovate, bract-like outer florets

  • Details S. integrifolium is a vigorous, large deciduous shrub climbing by aerial roots, with slender-pointed, ovate, entire leaves to 17cm in length. Flowers inconspicuous but surrounded by showy white ovate bracts to 9cm in length

  • Plant range C & W China

Characteristics

  • Foliage Deciduous

  • Habit Climbing

  • Toxicity

  • Hardiness

    Hardiness ratings

    All ratings refer to the UK growing conditions unless otherwise stated. Minimum temperature ranges (in degrees C) are shown in brackets

    • H1a - Under glass all year (>15C)
    • H1b - Can be grown outside in the summer (10 - 15)
    • H1c - Can be grown outside in the summer (5 - 10)
    • H2 - Tolerant of low temperatures, but not surviving being frozen (1 to 5)
    • H3 - Hardy in coastal and relatively mild parts of the UK (-5 to 1)
    • H4 - Hardy through most of the UK (-10 to -5)
    • H5 - Hardy in most places throughout the UK even in severe winters (-15 to -10)
    • H6 - Hardy in all of UK and northern Europe (-20 to -15)
    • H7 - Hardy in the severest European continental climates (< -20)

    H5

Colour

Sunlight

  • Full Sun

  • Partial Shade

  • Aspect South-facing or West-facing or East-facing or North-facing

  • Exposure Sheltered or Exposed

Soil

  • Chalk

    Chalk

  • Chalk

    Clay

  • Chalk

    Sand

  • Chalk

    Loam

  • MoistureMoist but well-drained

  • SoilChalk, Clay, Sand, Loam

  • pHAcid, Alkaline, Neutral

Size

  • Ultimate height 8-12 metres

  • Ultimate spread 2.5-4 metres

  • Time to ultimate height 10-20 years

How to grow

Cultivation Requires plenty of space, best grown against a large tree or wall - the plant attaches itself by aerial roots. Soil should be moist but well-drained with plenty of organic matter added

Propagation Propagate by softwood cuttings or semi-hardwood cuttings

Suggested planting locations and garden types Wall-side Borders

How to care

Pruning Pruning group 11 in spring

Pests Generally pest free

Diseases Generally disease free

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