Clematis paniculata (Japan)
Habit: Petiole climber/trellis climber, 4-6 m, rarely up to 8 m tall if not cut, conspicuously top-heavy, i.e. the flowers and leaf masses are always in the upper half; overall dense and mat-like, occasionally loosely overhanging shoots.
Flowers: White, end of September to October, plentiful with pungent smell of hawthorn; cut at end of February to beginning of March 50 cm above ground or take back long shoots to further flower production.
Leaves: In clusters of 3 to 7, dark green, ovoid pinnate leaflets; leaves often staying green into December.
Demands: Sun to light shade, tolerates heat, likes warmth, south-facing walls are favourable for late flowers; moderately frost hardy, sensitive to early frost.
Soil: Moderately dry to moist; slightly acidic to alkaline, in all well drained substrates, not growing much on heavy soil.
Our tip: The late autumn flowers look splendid in combination with red wild vines.
Hardiness: Zone 6b