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Atlanta GA
Jun 16, 2021 9:45 AM CST
The foliage on my Clematis began to look like this. I researched the possible problems, but found no decisive answer. No pesticides were sprayed near this plant, so that is ruled out. Fearing that it may have been a virus, I went ahead and removed the plant 🙁. Comments from anyone who can address the issue would be welcome.

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Butterflies Hummingbirder
Jun 16, 2021 1:09 PM CST
The reason you haven't found a decisive answer is because there are many factors that need to be considered, such as: location, and how much sun it gets, and watering. Many clematis are susceptible to "clematis wilt." From the photo, I can only speculate that's what it is, but I cannot tell for certain. More information is needed. Good luck to you.
Atlanta GA
Jun 16, 2021 8:25 PM CST
Your response is appreciated, Sassy Bloomer. Whatever was wrong with the plant, my other clematises are doing well.
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Not clematis wilt, which is distinct by a sudden stem collapse and dark brown to black leaf spots and then wilting and die back.
It does look like some kind of leafspot virus, there are a few that can hit clematis but it could also be a nutrient deficiency, like magnesium.

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Atlanta GA
Jun 16, 2021 9:19 PM CST
None of the stems and leaves were turning brown. I did quite a bit of research and it looked more like a virus than a nutrient deficiency. The plants was thriving the previous year and began to develop the leaf spot the following year. Perhaps I jumped the gun, but I removed the plant to avoid the possibility of the virus spreading, if indeed it was a virus. I do appreciate your responses. Hope no other clematis lovers have to deal with this. Having to remove a plant you love is heartbreaking.

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