Summer hydrangea spills white flowers from side street onto main road

路地からこぼれ出ているカシワバアジサイという花がきれいです。夏に咲いていますが、もともと東南アメリカの森から来ました。普通のアジサイのより、葉も花も違います。東京の建物の森で、この植物は自分のふるさとを思い出すでしょうか?

I love this late blooming summer hydrangea with white flowers spilling from the side street onto the main road near our place. It’s called “Oakleaf hydrangea” or kashiwaba ajisai in Japanese. It’s native to hardwood forests in the southeastern United States. In addition to distinctive leaves, it’s one of the few hydrangeas with cone-shaped flower bunches. Maybe built-up Tokyo reminds this bush of its native forest.

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  1. I think that is not an oakleaf hydrangea (Hydrangea quercifolia) but a white crape (or crepe) myrtle (Lagerstroemia indica) since it appears to have small, simple leaves and the flowers are a bit frilly for oakleaf hydrangea. Both are very frequently grown as ornamentals throughout much of the eastern United States.

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