Are Clematis Climatized For Socal So They Are Not Deciduous? - Knowledgebase Question

Villa Park, CA
Question by slhayden
May 11, 2002
ROGERS GARDENS TOLD ME THAT YOUR CLEMATIS WOULD NOT BE DECIDOUS IN THE WINTER IN SOCAL BECAUSE YOU CLIMATIZED THEM> I"M REPLACING A DECIDUOUS WISTERIA THAT I HATED BECAUSE IT TURNED INTO A BIG STICK ALL WINTER> I BOUGHT THE COMETESSE de BOUCHAD VARIETY. i LIVE ABOUT 20 MILES INLAND IN THE CITY OF ORANGE IN.


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Answer from NGA
May 11, 2002

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There are two types of clematis - evergreen and deciduous. Clematis armandii is the evergreen kind; the others are deciduous. Comtesse De Bouchaud Clematis is a deciduous woody vine so you can expect the foliage to die back at the end of the growing season, even in your mild winter climate.

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