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Wild Hydrangea (Hydrangea arborescens)
Image ID: 2013/yrt242_LTap/mouseover and drag to zoom/pan.
Family: Hydrangeaceae (Hydrangea)
Height: 2.5 to 8.5 ft. (shrub)
Blooms: June to July
Leaf Type: toothed
Bloom Size: 0.25 in. (typical)
Flower Description: Flat or rounded clusters, Regular blooms, 5 parts
Location: Youghiogheny River Trail
Notes: Flower cluster also includes some larger outer flowers with 4 petals.
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Either may have larger flowers around the outer edge of the cluster, though this is more common in hobblebush. Individual tiny hydrangea flowers have 8 or more stamens, while hobblebush has 5. The shape and texture of the leaves are different.
We started out as wildflowers from the bicycle trails of western Pennsylvania, but we've grown!