Hydrangea arborescens var. radiata
syn. Hydrangea radiata

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Butterfly FriendlyFull SunPart Shade

Silver-leaf Hydrangea
Hydrangea arborescens var. radiata syn. Hydrangea radiata

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A lovely, carefree shrub with pretty white flowers in July and August that attract butterflies and other beneficial insects. The foliage is silvery-white underneath and becomes visible in the breeze. It's perfect for planting in a transitional area between the woods and lawn or massed to form a haven for birds and other wildlife. 


  • Showy white flowers from June to September
  • Host and nectar plant for the hydrangea sphinx
  • Fast-growing shrub for a lightly shaded border
  • Foliage is silver underneath, pretty in the breeze
  • Easy to grow and adaptable

Native Range

Found in rich woods, rocky slopes and stream banks.

Map Credit: The Biota of North America 
MAP KEY: Green (native), Teal (native, adventive), Blue (present), Yellow (present & rare), Red (extinct)

Interesting Facts

This hydrangea has a beautiful moth named after it. It’s called a hydrangea sphinx because the caterpillars feed on plants in the hydrangea family. The adult moths are important pollinators of flowers including some species of orchid. They are strong fliers that can be seen hovering like hummingbirds in flight while feeding on nectar.



Prefers full sun to light shade in average to moist, well-drained soil. If pruning is necessary it can be done right after flowering or they may be cut back in late winter. Mulch to help maintain soil moisture. Fertilizer needs are minimal.


Mature Size: 3-4ft. Tall x 3-5ft. Wide

Hardiness Zone: 4-9

Sun Exposure: Full Sun to Part Shade

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