Clematis - Knowledgebase Question

Oakland, CA
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Question by kh1018
November 23, 2006
Hi there,

I have a very old, 30 ft. tall walnut tree in my back yard. I have read that clematis typically grow in trees in their native environments. Can I grow a clematis in my walnut tree, and if so, which might be the best variety?


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Answer from NGA
November 23, 2006
The variety you choose will really depend upon desired flower color, as all clematis love to twine in and around tree limbs. I'd recommend 'MMe. Julia Correvan', with wine-red flowers, or 'Comtesse de Bouchard', a mauve-pink variety. Either will complement the foliage your walnut tree and both are large (10-15') growers so they'll make quite an impact as they mature.

Enjoy!

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