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Is Clematis tangutica a THUG in our area?

Posted by sweetpea_path Z8 WA maritime (My Page) on
Tue, Jun 23, 09 at 18:03

I bought a gorgeous Clematis tangutica 'Golden Tiara' and had the planting spot all picked out - until a friend showed up and warned me to be v-e-r-y careful of this plant. She told me it could be a real thug! My inclination is that maybe it could become a thug in hotter parts of the west...say, CA or AZ...but not so much here...

So what say you folks??? I was thinking of putting it right next to a purple-leaved grape so that both could climb up & across a patio pergola.

Thanks in advance for your feedback!


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RE: Is Clematis tangutica a THUG in our area?

  • Posted by bboy z8 WA USA (My Page) on
    Tue, Jun 23, 09 at 18:49

Depending on how both do in the spot vigor of clematis will probably be a little greater than that of the grape. Usually when you put two climbers together you have to do a little editing in order to maintain harmony anyway.

There are other clematis planted here that grow much larger than this one. Maybe their idea of a thug is anything more vigorous than 'Jackmanii'.


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RE: Is Clematis tangutica a THUG in our area?

I'm going to rip out one of mine. I'm very happy with 'Helios' but 'Bill MacKenzie' is growing really wide and in every direction but up the tree where I want it to go. It must have thirty vines going off in thirty directions and when I try to direct them to where I want them they break off.

I'm not sure it was properly labeled since it is blooming sooner and growing shorter than it is supposed to but it is a tangutica for sure.

If anyone in the area wants it, come and get it....


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RE: Is Clematis tangutica a THUG in our area?

I've got one and it's a rampant grower, needs vigorous pruning. I made the mistake of not cutting mine back for two years. The third spring I cut it back to the ground, a whole truckload to the landfill. It's up and growing like gangbusters once again, I will be cutting it back every spring from now on.


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RE: Is Clematis tangutica a THUG in our area?

I have 3 tangutica varieties, and they have all been well behaved. I have them growing near large trees so they have a lot of root competition. The poor growing conditions may keep the size down. I have never had any seedlings either.


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RE: Is Clematis tangutica a THUG in our area?

Mine grew very large--too large for my taste.


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