Hydrangea arborescens

Family: Hydrangeaceae

Preferred Habitat: wooded slopes, ravines, along streams and at the base of bluffs

Range: Eastern United States

Height: up to 1.5 meters (5.0 feet)

Leaves: Simple, opposite, toothed along margins, cordate, 20 cm long, medium to dark green above and pale below

Flowers: white, in flat-topped clusters, 15 cm across, in late Une to late August, wild form has misture of fertile flowers in the center surrounded by sterile flowers

Fruit: small capsule fruits are green turning brown and can be found much of the year

Location spotted: Peripheral Road of Brandeis University

Extra information: Native Americans formerly used the roots of this species for various medicinal purposes