Fall days
Wordless Wednesday - October 28, 2009

Climbing hydrangea, Hydrangea anomala subsp. petiolaris

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I have written about this plant in the past.  It is a charmer in flower and the foliage is nice enough most of the rest of the year.  The leaves are rounded ovals with a slight serration and a dark green, glossy appearance.  This vine is hardy from zones 4-7 and originates from China.  It attaches itself to trees, walls and structures with rootlike holders.  It is a bit slow to establish but will grow in sun or partial shade.  I have seen no evidence of pest problems.DSC_0032
The vine sends out shoots from the main stem and this gives this plant a more interesting, three dimensional appearance.   What I have failed to notice in past season's is the fact that this plant turns bright yellow in the fall.  It is a column of light in the garden. DSC_0008
This fall, foliage colors were not as bright as past years with the exception of this plant.  Is it because it has more color or that the lack of real punch this year leaves one to appreciate that which has been there all along but gone unnoticed?  It is not just my plant which has such bright coloration.Hydrangea anomala subsp. 'petiolaris'
  I noticed that the one planted at my sister's is just as bright.  I will pay attention to it next year to see if this color is an anomaly or if it has always been this yellow.  You will remind me if I forget won't you?