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Climber Wall Shrub

Clematis cirrhosa 'Wisley Cream' (C)
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clematis 'Wisley Cream'

A large evergreen climber with divided, lobed and toothed glossy dark green leaves which are bronze in winter, and nodding pale cream flowers to 8cm across, in late autumn, winter or early spring. Good silky seedheads

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Size
Ultimate height
2.5–4 metres
Time to ultimate height
2–5 years
Ultimate spread
0.5–1 metres
Growing conditions
Chalk
Clay
Loam
Sand
Moisture
Moist but well–drained
pH
Alkaline, Neutral
Colour & scent
StemFlowerFoliageFruit
Spring Cream Green
Summer Green Grey Silver
Autumn Green
Winter Cream Green Bronze
Position
  • Full sun
Aspect

South–facing or West–facing

Exposure
Sheltered
Hardiness
H4
Botanical details
Family
Ranunculaceae
Native to the UK
No
Foliage
Evergreen
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

Accepted

Horticultural Group
Cirrhosa Group clematis are evergreen woody climbers with bell to bowl-shaped single flowers, produced from late autumn to early spring on the previous year's growth

How to grow

Cultivation

A cultivar for a warm, sheltered position, it thrives in any fertile, well-drained soil and plant with the crown at soil level. Keep the base shaded and cool by the careful positioning of plants. In cold areas, grow in a container and overwinter in a greenhouse or conservatory. See clematis cultivation for further information

Propagation

Propagate by layering

Suggested planting locations and garden types
  • Patio and container plants
  • Wall side borders
Pruning

Clematis pruning: group one

Pests

Young shoots may be troubled by slugs, aphids and caterpillars; petals can be eaten by earwigs

Diseases

Generally disease free

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