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Wild Hydrangea
Hydrangea arborescens

I thought it was pretty cool to find a wild hydrangea. I’m so used to the big blue, purple, pink or white pom pom hydrangeas that you find in everyone’s landscape in the suburbs.

Alternate Name: Sevenbark
Size: 3-6' tall
Family: Hydrangeaceae (Hydrangea Family)
Habitat: Part shade rich woods; rocky slopes; stream banks
Identification: "The inflorescence is a corymb. The showy, sterile flowers are usually absent or if present they are usually less than 1 cm in diameter. Fruit is a ribbed brown capsule about 2 mm long; many are produced. The leaves are large (8 to 18 cm long), opposite, serrated, ovate, and deciduous. The lower leaf surface is glabrous or with inconspicuous fine hairs, appearing green; trichomes of the lower surface are restricted to the midrib and major veins. The stem bark has a peculiar tendency to peel off in several successive thin layers with different colors, hence the common name "sevenbark." From wikipedia.com  Blooms June-August
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