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Plants of the UNF Campus

Decumaria barbara - Wild climbing hydrangea, Woodvamp
Family Hydrangeaceae


Two or more species of Decumaria are native to Asia and North America. This species is native to the eastern United States. Short roots attach this vine to its support so it can climb straight up a tree trunk. White flowers are held in flat clusters that are reminescent of a hydrangea. Fruits are small dry capsules. The flowers are attractive to butterflies.


See this plant along the Lake Oneida boardwalk.


Woody vine capable of growing to about 25 feet tall or more.

Care Instructions:

Light: sun, part shade, shade

Water: moist soil, not very drought tolerant

Soil: adaptable to soil types

In northeast Florida, this native vine can be found in nurseries specializing in native plants. It is easy to cultivate in a moist situation.