Native & Naturalized Plants of the Carolinas & Georgia


705

Shrub
Perennial

Native to the Carolinas & Georgia
Documented growing wild in GA NC SC

Common (rare in Coastal Plain)

Look for it in forests, esp around rock outcrops & along streambanks, per Weakley's Flora

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full sun partial shade shade ...Moist

LEAVES:
Deciduous
Simple
Opposite

FLOWER:
Spring/Summer
White
Bisexual or sterile
Radially symmetrical
5-lobed calyx (in bisexual flowers)/3-4 lobed calyx (in sterile flowers)
5 petals (in bisexual flowers)/petals absent (in sterile flowers)
8-10 exserted stamens
Inferior ovary

FRUIT:
Spring/Summer
Brown
Capsule

 

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Spermatophytes (seed plants): Angiosperms (flowering plants): Eudicots: Core Eudicots: Asterids: Cornales

WEAKLEY'S FLORA (11/30/12):
Hydrangea arborescens   FAMILY Hydrangeaceae

SYNONYMOUS WITH PLANTS NATIONAL DATABASE:
Hydrangea arborescens   FAMILY Hydrangeaceae

SYNONYMOUS WITH VASCULAR FLORA OF THE CAROLINAS (1968) 094-05-001a:
Hydrangea arborescens ssp. arborescens   FAMILY Saxifragaceae

 

COMMON NAME:
Smooth Hydrangea, Sevenbark


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image of Hydrangea arborescens

USDA-NRCS PLANTS Database / Britton, N.L., and A. Brown. 1913    pnd_hyar_001_lvd

        

image of Hydrangea arborescens

JK Marlow    jkm120523_246

May    Graham County    NC

Joyce Kilmer Memorial Forest

Sterile flowers absent, or if present, less than 1cm in diameter, per Weakley's Flora.

image of Hydrangea arborescens

JK Marlow    jkm160503_136

May    Haywood County    NC

Blue Ridge Parkway

Lower leaf surface glabrous... or trichomes restricted to midrib & major veins, per Weakley's Flora.

image of Hydrangea arborescens

JK Marlow    s050522_cd

May    Haywood County    NC

Corneille Bryan Native Garden

Leaves green below, per Woody Plants of the Blue Ridge.


click here to see other plants that look similar to this COMPARE leaves of Hydrangea species

image of Hydrangea arborescens

JK Marlow    jkm140614_841

June    Rabun County    GA

Chattahoochee National Forest

image of Hydrangea arborescens

JK Marlow    jkm140614_849

June    Rabun County    GA

Chattahoochee National Forest

image of Hydrangea arborescens

JK Marlow    jkm170624_248

June    Oconee County    SC

Sumter National Forest: Andrew Pickens Ranger District

image of Hydrangea arborescens

JK Marlow    jkm170624_250

June    Oconee County    SC

Sumter National Forest: Andrew Pickens Ranger District

image of Hydrangea arborescens

JK Marlow    jkm090709_151

July    Haywood County    NC

Pisgah National Forest: Pisgah Ranger District

image of Hydrangea arborescens

JK Marlow    jkm090709_156

July    Haywood County    NC

Pisgah National Forest: Pisgah Ranger District

image of Hydrangea arborescens

JK Marlow    jkm090709_161

July    Haywood County    NC

Pisgah National Forest: Pisgah Ranger District

image of Hydrangea arborescens

JK Marlow    jkm090709_186

July    Haywood County    NC

Pisgah National Forest: Pisgah Ranger District

A 3-6" cluster: fertile flowers in middle & showy sterile flowers on edges, per Gardening with Native Plants of the South.