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Clematis armandii - Evergreen Clematis
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Habit and Cultural Information
Category: Vine
Family: Ranunculaceae (Buttercups)
Origin: China (Asia)
Evergreen: Yes
Flower Color: White
Bloomtime: Winter/Spring
Height: Climbing (Vine)
Width: Spreading
Exposure: Sun or Shade
Deer Tolerant: Yes
Irrigation (H2O Info): Medium Water Needs
Winter Hardiness: 0-10° F
May be Poisonous  (More Info): Yes
Clematis armandii (Evergreen Clematis) - This vigorous evergreen vine climbs to 15 feet and as wide using tendrils and is densely covered with pendulous compound leaves with 3 long lance-shaped leaflets that are up to 5 inches long and a bronze color when first emerging, then turning a glossy dark green with age. In late winter to early spring appear the clusters of fragrant 2 1/2 inch wide white flowers on the previous year's growth. Plant in sun or light shade with moderate water - shade is a must in hotter inland gardens but on the coast it tolerates deep shade but blooms best with bright light or full sun. It is hardy to around 10 degrees F (and some claim it can be grown in USDA Zone 6a to -10 °F). It is susceptible to leaf burn if water quality is poor. Best if pruned right after flowering to clear out dead foliage and to control growth. With its several annual growth flushes, even after pruning it will rapidly rebound to create a dense cover and grow new flowering stems for the following year. It provides a wonderful texture in the garden and makes a great screening plant that is attractive in our out of bloom. It is reported to be resistant to deer predation with flowers attractive to bees, butterflies and birds. Evergreen Clematis naturally inhabits forests, forest margins and riparian areas from just over 300 feet to nearly 8,000 feet in elevation in central to southern China and northern Myanmar. The genus name is from Ancient Greek 'clématis' which was the name for a climbing plant and may have as a root the Greek word 'klema' which means "a twig" or "a branch". The specific epithet given this plant in 1885 by the French botanist Adrien René Franchet honors the French Missionary botanist Père Armand David (1826-1900) who first collected the type specimen. This vine was first introduced into cultivation in England in 1900 and in the US in 1934 by the Bureau of Plant Industry (USDA). We have been growing this great plant since 1982. 

This information about Clematis armandii displayed is based on research conducted in our horticultural library and from reliable online resources. We also will relate observations made about it as it grows in our nursery gardens and other gardens we have visited, as well how the crops have performed in containers in our nursery field. We will also incorporate comments that we receive from others and we welcome hearing from anyone with additional information, particularly if they can share any cultural information that would aid others in growing it.