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good vines for growing w/trees (other than clematis)

Posted by mrs_ravenholt Seattle (My Page) on
Wed, Jul 25, 07 at 15:48

hi, I have a large lot by wetlands and a few trees that I'd like to grow flowering vines up. I love Clematis though already have more than 10 in my garden so I want something else. I have a wall of arborvaite that's huge - probably 30' high and 60' wide. I also have some evergreens and ash trees too that I'd like to have flowers on.

What is your experience with growing vines on trees? I'd love to hear your suggestions please. I am considering trumpet vines for their hummingbird appeal and jasmin for the scent, though am concerned they might choke my trees.

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RE: good vines for growing w/trees (other than clematis)

If you're considering the campsis trumpet vines, please reconsider, they will in time take down your arborvitae and spread to the ends of your property! They are also not the hummingbird magnet the companies that sell them make them out to be. They get an occasional visit here from the hummers but not the swarms you'd be led to believe.
Other than climbing hydrangea which would need a strong support I'd use something like passiflora incarnata, or incense. Maybe even annual vines like cardinal climer, the hummers love them here in New England.

RE: good vines for growing w/trees (other than clematis)

  • Posted by deeg z9 - St. Pete, FL (My Page) on
    Wed, Aug 1, 07 at 23:40

Hi Mrs Ravenholt. I don't know how well they grow in Seattle, but I've had great luck with my yellow alamanda. It's taken over my fence and grown half way up a nearby Palm tree.

They have to be trained though. They're not like vines that have suckers or climbers or whatever they're called. You can see a picture of it at the link below.

Take Care,

Here is a link that might be useful: Alamanda growing like crazy!

RE: good vines for growing w/trees (other than clematis)

  • Posted by deeg z9 - St. Pete, FL (My Page) on
    Thu, Aug 2, 07 at 23:04

Hi again Mrs Ravenholt. Here's a picture of the Alamanda I referred to in the previous post:

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By dgarrand, shot with PDRM5 at 2007-08-02

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