Sweet Autumn Clematis gone wild in many areas overtaking and overpowering native and non native plants, trees, and structures. In my subdivision (SE Virginia) the Sweet Autumn Clematis has overtaken many wooded areas climbing over and choking out the native Virgin’s Bower and other native trees and bushes such as Red Cedar and small Redbud trees.
How can you tell the difference between Sweet Autumn Clematis (Clematis terniflora) and native Virgin’s Bower (Clematis virginiana) The leaves- Sweet Autumn Clematis has leaves with smooth edges while the Virgin’s Bower has toothed or jagged edges. Both of these vines bloom late summer through fall in zones 5-9, in sun to part shade, and will grow upwards of 30′. Sweet Autumn Clematis is fast growing, agressive, and a prolific reseeder!
Sweet Autumn Clematis has such delicate beautiful white blooms and it is hard to imagine that such a delicate looking vine could choke out and kill the native Red Cedar it climbed up and entwined in its embrace. It is a beautiful vine but it has had deadly consquences in the wild. If you choose to plant this vine, just know that the seeds will float and reseed in neighboring flower beds and wooded areas. If this vine likes the conditions, you will be pulling and destroying to keep it from smothering your beautiful ornamental bushes, trees, and flowers.
Planting a garden is more than digging a hole and watering. It is about working with nature and being mindful of what you choose to grow and enjoy. Research before you buy and remember if the tag says “fast growing” this is a warning that it may have invasive tendencies.
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