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Clematis Justa - anyone grow it?

NollieNollie Posts: 6,762
I’m looking for a clematis for a 6ft obelisk, wigwam shape. I’ve had bad experiences with ordering clematis here in Spain but little choice in the shops. But there is Justa and the colour would tone well with the rest of the planting.

My doubt is over size, it says compact, 3.5 - 5 foot online. 5 foot would be fine, I could even push the obelisk a bit deeper, but if it never got beyond 3.5 it would look silly. 

Does anyone have it and how tall does it actually grow? Also does it do ok in full sun? This would be morning sun, but that can be pretty strong here!
Mountainous Northern Catalunya, Spain. Hot summers, cold winters.


  • TackTack Posts: 1,156
    Mine is new, currently about 1ft up a shady pillar. I would like it to go 5ft too. Sorry not helpful. This may be

    Central southern England
  • MarlorenaMarlorena Posts: 7,422
    .. it seems 5 foot is tops @Nollie
    .. perhaps you've had a look here already?..
    East Anglia, England
  • ObelixxObelixx Posts: 28,827
    Clematis on the web says 1 to 1.5m - 
    Vendée - 20kms from Atlantic coast.
    "We don't stop playing because we grow old; we grow old because we stop playing." - George Bernard Shaw
  • JemulaJemula Posts: 168
    It topped out at around 5-6 ft in my last garden.
  • LG_LG_ Posts: 4,063
    I have it, I think it's been in 2 years. I would guess it's about 4ft right now but is still growing (can't check as I'm not home). It's very lovely - far more elegant than I had expected. I can't help with the sun part though - mine is in almost total shade. Too much shade really, but things near it grew more quickly and in directions I didn't predict. It seems quite happy though.
    'If you have a garden and a library, you have everything you need.'
    - Cicero
  • NollieNollie Posts: 6,762
    Many thanks everyone, yes I checked out various websites but what they say and what happens in reality are sometimes very different, so your experiences are, as ever, invaluable.

    @Jemula that’s very encouraging, 5/6ft would be perfect, was it in sun when you had it?

    Having declined to buy it before doing some research, it will of course depend on the gods whether it’s still there when I go again! 
    Mountainous Northern Catalunya, Spain. Hot summers, cold winters.
  • JemulaJemula Posts: 168
    I'd had it for about 3-4 years when I left and it was in quite a shady spot which it seemed to enjoy and flowered really well.
  • AnniDAnniD Posts: 11,170
    I have one that is in a pot and has been for several years which may restrict its growth. I would say it's around 5 feet, it doesn't show signs of wanting to go any higher. 
  • NollieNollie Posts: 6,762
    Thanks @Jemula, hmm, most seem to have or have had it in more shady positions, although there is some dappled shade from a nearby fig tree.

    @AnniD, I can live with 5ft, thanks, just didn’t want a 3.5ft dwarf!

    Let’s see what happens when I next get to the GC, you never know they might have more stock in and I will be back asking about something else 😆 
    Mountainous Northern Catalunya, Spain. Hot summers, cold winters.
  • Mr. Vine EyeMr. Vine Eye Posts: 2,257
    I've got one at the foot of my Malvern Hills. Didn't do much last year, but it's got several shoots on it now. Got it to be a skirt.
    East Yorkshire
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