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The Hydrangea family includes mostly bushes with showy flowers. You might have a mock orange growing in your yard, or if you live far enough south, you might have a hydrangea. Mock orange is a small shrub here in Montana, but the flowers have an incredible aroma. I can hardly wait each summer for the chance to bury my nose in the blossoms and savor the sweetness. Most members of the family are shrubs with opposite leaves, although there are always exceptions. The vegetation might be mistaken for the Honeysuckle Family, but the flowers are different.
Key Words: Shrubs with opposite leaves and showy flowers with parts in fours and fives.
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