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Jul 21, 2017 4:24 PM CST
We have a very old hydrangea, now tree-sized, in our yard. I believe it is a Pee Gee (?), with cone-shaped flowers which turn pink in late summer. I've noticed that there are some small branches growing out of the old wood upon which are growing small, bright red, near translucent berries. I can't seem to find any type of hydrangea that produces berries. There is a bush in our neighbour's yard with the same type of berries on it, so I really did have a very close look on our hydrangea to make sure it wasn't just another bush growing in the same spot, but these branches are truly growing out of the hydrangea itself. Could something have grafted itself on to the older, damaged wood of the hydrangea?
Name: Elaine
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Jul 21, 2017 6:39 PM CST
Hi and welcome, Wendy. You're going to need to post pictures of this situation to give us any clue as to what's going on, I'm afraid.

There are parasitic and epiphytic plants that grow on other plants but as to what exactly you've got, Shrug! .

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Jul 22, 2017 4:31 PM CST
Thanks for your quick response! I think I've actually got it figured out, though. I had a closer look at the hydrangea and everything else growing around it. Turns out that there might be some type of honeysuckle growing with the hydrangea. I know the hydrangea is very old (I mean extremely old - 60+ years, perhaps?), and both trunks have similar, very rough-textured bark. The honeysuckle must be very old, too, because the trunks are of similar diameter and height.

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