Evergreen, woody clematis that quickly rambles to around 4m.
Flowers and foliage
Pale yellow, sweetly scented flowers are produced profusely from September to November. The leaves are lime green in colour and comprised of three leaflets, which are covered in brownish down when young.
Plant in partial shade and allow to climb into the light.
Preparation for planting
Prepare the planting site when soil is moist and easily worked, such as after the first rains in spring and autumn. Remove all weeds and incorporate bark, compost or other organic material. Before planting, ensure the root ball is saturated and remove the planter pot with minimal root disturbance. Trim any broken roots and plant at the same level as in the container. Dig a hole twice the diameter of the root ball, press in and water once planted. Plant with some general slow-release fertiliser and then every spring, apply an organic fertiliser (such as blood and bone) at a handful per square metre.
Climbing plants require similar types of maintenance as trees and shrubs. Apply an annual dressing (50g/m2) of general-purpose fertiliser. The first summer and autumn after planting is critical for young plants, so water thoroughly during dry periods. Mulching helps conserve moisture and suppress weeds. Organic materials, such as sawdust and bark, contribute to soil structure. Be sure to keep deep mulch away from plant stems.
Clematis is easily grown from seed. It can also be grown by taking cuttings, but these can be fickle and slow to strike.
Pests and diseases
Free from pests and disease.
Location at Auckland Botanic Gardens
Native Identification Trail