Flowering Vines and Climbers for Partial Shade - Knowledgebase Question

Jackson Heights, NY
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Question by sschulberg
March 16, 2007
What flowering vine or climbing rose can you recommend to cover a 20 foot tree that will enjoy partial shade and be disease resistant?

Answer from NGA
March 16, 2007
Climbing roses, like all roses, will grow best in full sun. Zephirine Drouhin and Sombreuil are antique climbing roses that can tolerate partial sun. Whether or not a rose would receive enough sun in your situation depends on how dense the shade fron your tree is. Also, these roses would only reach about 8 to 10 feet in height.

Clematis tend to be a bit more shade tolerant than roses, and the fall blooming clematis or Clematis terniflora is quite large and can grow to over 15 feet. This might be a possible choice.

These are the only plants that I can think of that come at all close to your requirements. Perhaps your local nursery professional will also have some suggestions based on a more detailed understanding of the growing conditions where you want to plant your vine. Good luck with your project!

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