While all clematis vines brighten gardens with showy spring, summer or fall blooms, evergreen clematis (Clematis armandii) brings the bonus of year-long, glossy, compound green foliage. Use it as a permanent garden feature where winter temperatures remain above 10 degrees Fahrenheit.
Plant evergreen clematis where its upper parts are in full sun and its base in shade. Clematis likes cool roots.
Evergreen clematis flourishes in well-drained, organically rich moist soil.
This clematis will grow from 10 to 30 feet long and up to 10 feet wide. It may take as long as three years to reach maximum height. Give its twining stems support.
The vine’s white, spicily scented star-shaped blooms open in clusters between March and May. Vines in warmer climates bloom first. Flower clusters appear on the previous year’s growth.
Evergreen clematis has 3-inch-long, pointed, drooping foliage. It’s deep green, with a leathery texture. Each compound leaf has a single stem with tree smaller leaflets.
Water during prolonged dry periods. Prune to remove dead interior stems after the vine flowers. Avoid pruning after mid-July so buds will set for the next season. Provide winter protection where temperatures approach 10 Fahrenheit.