Climbing Hydrangeas on Wooden Fence

ejr2005(Eastern MA)December 9, 2012

We're putting up an new wood fence in front of our neighbors old chain link fence. I had been trying to train climbing hydrangeas (and schizophragma hydrangeoides) to cover the old fence.

They would be a lot happier on a wood fence, but I wondering if they will destroy it because they get so big.

Any thoughts?

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luis_pr(7b/8a Hurst, TX)

I am not sure if they would destroy the old chain link fence, more like swallow it. The weight of the shrub may be an issue, especially when wet, but if the chain link fence is in good condition, I would try it. The rootlets like attaching to rough surfaces.

    Bookmark   December 11, 2012 at 6:16AM
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ejr2005(Eastern MA)

Hi Luis - They will actually be growing on the new wood fence, not the old chain link. The wood fence will be right up against the chain link one (which still in very good shape). I'm hoping that the two fences together will be strong enough to support the climbing hydrangeas - at least until they grow into monsters.

When growing them on the chain link I had to keep interweaving the branches. On their own they would just grow straight out, and were not too happy without anything to attach their rootlets to. After about three years they weren't yet swallowing the chain link, but they were starting to cover it well.

    Bookmark   December 14, 2012 at 10:09PM
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calistoga_al ca 15 usda 9

Your climbing hydrangea will attach quite firmly to your wood fence and is not likely to ever get heavy enough to collapse the fence. Be sure to build the fence to last a long time and not have to replaced when your hydrangea is finely at its best. Al

    Bookmark   February 4, 2013 at 10:21AM
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