Common Name: evergreen clematis
Origin/Ecology: Native to China and northern Burma.
Habit: Climbing plant that clings with twining petioles, bold texture.
Leaves: Compound with three leaflets, narrow lanceolate, 5-7″ long and 1o-2″ wide. Glossy green with prominent veins and leathery texture.
Leaf Arrangement: opposite
Flowers and Fruit: Blooms in late winter. Fragrant white flowers borne in clusters (panicles) at ends of branches. 4 sepals, prominent stamens, 2.5″ across. Fruits are achenes, June-July, showy.
Bark: Exfoliating, stringy, moderately fissured, red-brown.
Water Use, Soil: Established plants are drought tolerant but younger plants require irrigation during drought.
Exposure: Part shade; more sun in cooler climates and more shade in warmer climates.
Landscape Uses: Screening, arbors, fences, wildlife shelter.
Limitations: Cannot climb elements too wide for petioles to twine.