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Clematis terniflora

Sweet Autumn Clematis, Fragrant Clematis

Main interest:
sweet fragrance, showy profusion of small white flowers, late bloomer, persistant silver seed heads late in the fall
full sun to partial shade
Soil humidity:
moist soil; well drained
Growth type:
Flower colour:
creamy white
Flowering period:
September to October
dark green
USDA Hardiness:
zone 5b: -26 °C (-15 °F) View Zone Map
Mature height & width (max.):
height: 30 ft (9 m) width: 6 ft (1.8 m)
fence, pergola, trellis, wall

Sweet Autumn Clematis is a large, fast growing, deciduous vine with significant masses of small star shaped, creamy white flowers. This Fragrant Clematis blooms late in the season with flowers appearing from September to October. Sweet Autumn has a sweet fragrance of honey and vanilla, thus the common name. Attractive silver coloured seed heads persist into the winter. Clematis paniculata is often wrongly listed as a synomym of Clematis terniflora. Clematis paniculata is a separate species native to New Zealand.

Clematis vines are most often planted near a trellis, patio wall, or some structure for support. They can also be planted so that they sprawl over shrubs, stumps, or through perennial gardens.

Clematis is best planted in a location where the foliage and flowers are mostly in the sun, but the roots are kept cool and moist in the shade. Unlike most varieties, this fragrant Clematis will bloom and tolerate almost full shade. Consider using mulch around the root zone in summer and fall. Pruning Group: 3

Pruning Groups:
Group 1 – Flowers only on old wood (previous year). Prune after spring flowering.
Group 2 – Flowers on both old and new wood. Little pruning should be done for woody-stemmed members of this Group. If cut to the ground or pruned in fall or spring, flowering will be reduced or delayed, but not prevented.
Group 3 – Flowers only on new wood. Can be cut to the ground in fall or spring.

Please use availability information as a guide only. The weather is a fickle thing, and impacts when our plants are actually available for shipping. Please be aware that we are not answering emails regarding plants availability. The best advice we can give you is to check back once in a while, choose a size option and check the current stock.

$18.99 - $49.99

Ships ON, QC, NB, PE, NS

Synonym(s): Clematis maximowicziana

Also known as: Japanese Clematis, Japanese Virgin's-bower, Sweet Autumn Virginsbower, Sweet Autumn Virgin's Bower, Scented Clematis, Perfumed Clematis

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