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Hydrangea arborescens ‘Annabelle’

Hydrangea arborescens cv. Annabelle

Wild Hydrangea

KingdomPlantaePlants, but not fungi, lichens, or algae (from Stearn’s Botanical Latin)
SubkingdomTracheobiontaVascular plants—plants with a “circulatory system” for delivering water and nutrients
DivisionMagnoliophytaFlowering plants, also known as angiosperms
ClassMagnoliopsidaDicotyledons—plants with two initial seed leaves
SubclassRosidaeRoses, legumes, proteas, dogwoods, hydrangeas, mistletoes, euphorbias, grapes, many more
OrderRosalesRose family and eight others
FamilyHydrangeaceaeHydrangea family
GenusHydrangeaFrom Greek hydro, “water,” and angeion, “vessel”
Speciesarborescens"Becoming tree-like," (from Stearn's Botanical Latin)
Cultivar‘Annabelle’

About plant names...

I haven’t been able to confirm whether Hydrangea arborescens is a true North American native, or naturalized.

Identification: These hydrangeas are shrubs that reach 3-5' (91-152 cm) in height. The Annabelle variety is the most widely known, producing large white flowerheads up to 8-12" (20-30 cm) across. Leaves are dark green, wrinkled, 8-12" (20-30 cm) across. Hydrangeas are popular with gardeners. Common in foundation plantings and landscaping, colored varieties have been developed as well. See this Hydrangea comparison table.

Hydrangea arborescens (Wild Hydrangea)

Courtesy Missouri Botanical Garden PlantFinder

Online References:

Hydrangea arborescens ‘Annabelle’ on Hydrangeas! Hydrangeas!

Hydrangea arborescens ‘Annabelle’ at the Missouri Botanical Garden

Hydrangea arborescens ‘Annabelle’ on Erv Evans' site at the North Carolina State University College of Agriculture and Life Sciences

Hydrangea arborescens ‘Annabelle’ description by Thomas H. Kent, last updated 16 Aug 2013.

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Hydrangea arborescens (Wild Hydrangea)

9/7/2010 · Tower Hill Botanic Garden, Boylston, MA
≈ 3½ × 2½' (1.2 × 0.8 m)

Range: Zones 3-9:

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