Hydrangea barbara (Linnaeus) B. Schulz. Phen: May-Jun; Jul-Oct. Hab: Swamp forests and bottomlands, moist forests in the mountains. Dist: Se. VA south to FL and west to LA, s. AR, and e. TX (Singhurst, Keith, & Holmes 2005), inland to nw. SC, se. TN, and w. TN.
ID notes: This handsome vine climbs to the tops of trees via adventitious roots. The opposite leaves are somewhat fleshy in texture. Hydrangea barbara is readily distinguished from the other opposite-leaved, woody vines in our flora (Gelsemium, Trachelospermum, Lonicera, Bignonia, Campsis, and Clematis) by its leaves (simple, ovate, and usually serrate) and climbing structures (adventitious roots).
Origin/Endemic status: Endemic
Synonymy: = K4; = Decumaria barbara L. – Ar, C, F, Fl5, FNA12, G, GW2, K1, K3, RAB, S, Tn, Tx, Va, W, WH3