• AGM plants

    AGM plants have been through a rigourous 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

Pileostegia viburnoides

Climbing hydrangea

Climbing hydrangea

© � RHS 2002

  • Other common names Climbing hydrangea

  • Genus Pileostegia are evergreen shrubs, climbing by aerial roots, with paired leaves and panicles of small white flowers

  • Family Hydrangeaceae / Hydrangeaceae

  • Species P. viburnoides is a large, self-clinging, slow-growing climber with leathery, narrowly elliptic leaves to 15cm in length. Dense terminal panicles of small, creamy-white flowers

  • Plant range India China Taiwan


  • Foliage Evergreen

  • Habit Climbing



  • Full Sun

  • Partial Shade

  • Full Shade

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

  • Exposure Sheltered or Exposed


  • Chalk


  • Chalk


  • Chalk


  • Chalk


  • MoistureMoist but well-drained, Well-drained

  • SoilChalk, Clay, Sand, Loam

  • pHAcid, Alkaline, Neutral


  • Ultimate height

    4-8 metres

  • Ultimate spread

    1-1.5 metres

  • Time to ultimate height

    10-20 years

How to grow

Cultivation Will grow on a wall facing any aspect so long as it is not very cold and the soil is fertile and well-drained

Propagation Propagate by layering or semi-hardwood cuttings

Suggested planting locations and garden types Wall-side Borders

How to care

Pruning Pruning group 11 in early spring

Pests Generally pest free

Diseases Generally disease free

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