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Climber Wall Shrub

Clematis apiifolia

Vigorous, deciduous climber to about 6m tall, with slender hairy stems, bright green leaves composed of triangular leaflets, and clusters of small, single, flat, star-shaped, flowers to 2cm across, with four greenish-white or creamy tepals and prominent creamy-white stamens, flowering from late summer to autumn

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Size
Ultimate height
2.5–4 metres
Time to ultimate height
2–5 years
Ultimate spread
1.5–2.5 metres
Growing conditions
Chalk
Clay
Loam
Sand
Moisture
Well–drained
pH
Acid, Alkaline, Neutral
Colour & scent
StemFlowerFoliageFruit
Spring Green
Summer Green White Green
Autumn Green White Green
Winter
Position
  • Full sun
Aspect

South–facing or West–facing

Exposure
Sheltered
Hardiness
H5
Botanical details
Family
Ranunculaceae
Native to the UK
No
Foliage
Deciduous
Habit
Climbing
Genus

Clematis can be deciduous or evergreen shrubs or herbaceous perennials, mostly climbing by twining leaf-stalks, and often with showy flowers. Some have attractive fluffy seedheads in autumn

Name status

Correct

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How to grow

Cultivation

Plant in moisture-retentive, well-drained soil, in full sun to flower well, with the roots and base of the plant kept cool and shaded by other plants or a layer of pebbles at the base. Plant with the crown 5-8cm deep to encourage new shoots to grow from below ground level. See clematis cultivation

Propagation

Propagate by softwood cuttings in spring, semi-ripe cuttings in early summer or layering

Suggested planting locations and garden types
  • Cottage and informal garden
  • Wildlife gardens
  • Climber and wall shrubs
  • Wall side borders
Pruning

Pruning (clematis) group 3

Pests

Young shoots may be susceptible to aphids, slugs, snails or caterpillars

Diseases

May be susceptible to clematis wilt and clematis slime flux

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