Hydrangeas That Are Evergreen: What Hydrangeas Are Evergreen

Hydrangeas That Are Evergreen: What Hydrangeas Are Evergreen

By:
Mary H. Dyer, Credentialed Garden Writer







Hydrangeas
are beautiful plants with big, bold leaves and clusters of fancy, long-lasting
blooms. However, most are deciduous
shrubs
or vines that can look a bit bare and forlorn during the winter
months.

What hydrangeas are evergreen year-round? Are there
hydrangeas that don’t lose their leaves? There aren’t many, but evergreen
hydrangea varieties are stunningly beautiful – all year. Read on and learn more
about hydrangeas that are evergreen.

Evergreen Hydrangea Varieties

The following list includes hydrangeas that don’t lose their
leaves, and one that makes a great alternative plant:

Climbing evergreen hydrangea (Hydrangea
integrifolia
) – This climbing
hydrangea
is an elegant, rambling vine with glossy, lance-shaped leaves and
red-tinged stems. Lacy white flowers, which are a little smaller than most
hydrangeas, show up in spring. This hydrangea, native to the Philippines, is
lovely scrambling over fences or ugly retaining walls, and particularly
striking when it climbs up an evergreen tree, attaching itself by aerial roots.
It is suitable for growing in zones 9 through 10.

Seemann’s hydrangea (Hydrangea seemanii) – Native
to Mexico this a climbing, twining, self-clinging vine with leathery, dark
green leaves and clusters of sweet-smelling, creamy tan or greenish white
flowers that make an appearance in late spring and early summer. Feel free to
let the vine twine up and around a Douglas fir or other evergreen; it’s
beautiful and won’t harm the tree. Seeman’s hydrangea, also known as Mexican
climbing hydrangea, is suitable for USDA zones 8 through 10.

Chinese quinine (Dichroa febrifuga) – This
isn’t a true hydrangea, but it’s an extremely close cousin and a stand-in for
hydrangeas that are evergreen. In fact, you may think it’s a regular hydrangea
until it doesn’t drop its leaves when winter comes. The flowers, which arrive
in early summer, tend to be bright blue to lavender in acidic soil and lilac to
mauve in alkaline conditions. Native to the Himalayas, Chinese quinine is also
known as blue evergreen. It is suitable for growing in USDA zones 8-10. 

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