Hydrangea paniculata panicle hydrangea Hydrangeaceae HYPA*; R, ah;

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Hydrangea paniculata is a shrub to 5 m tall, usually less; stems straggling, bark reddish-brown, older bark gray, peeling, branches arching. 

Leaves opposite, 8-15 cm long, 3-7 cm wide (Dirr 1977), elliptic, base wedge-shaped, tip pointed, margin toothed. 

Flowers white, greenish or bluish in age; of two kinds, fertile flowers numerous, very small, sterile flowers, large, 4-parted about 4 cm wide, at ends of inflorescence branches; inflorescence dense, pyramid-shaped, branched, 15-25cm long, blooms Aug-Sept., dry flowers may persist through winter. 

Fruit a dry capsule. 

Wetland status: FAC* (little data). 

Frequency in New York City: Very uncommon escapee. 

Origin: Asia. 

Habitat: Found in moist-wet woodland in partial shade.