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Is this clematis wilt?

I planted a clematis cirrhosa "Jingle Bells" last autumn and it has grown well over the winter to about 2 metres tall (over an arch). It has always looked quite healthy but just in the last couple of days I have noticed that some of the leaves around the bottom of the plant (and a smaller number further up) are turning brown.  Is it the dreaded clematis wilt or do you think it could be as a result of root damage? I planted a hellebore right next to the clematis about a week ago so wonder whether I may have disturbed the roots of the clematis.

I understand that this type of clematis is not usually susceptible to wilt.






  • DovefromaboveDovefromabove Posts: 86,025

    Although Jingle Bells is evergreen, even evergreens lose their leaves and grow new ones - just not all at the same time in the autumn like deciduous plants - I think that this is just your clematis getting ready to lose some of it's older leaves and nothing for you to worry about. image

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  • punkdocpunkdoc Posts: 14,336

    Agree with Dove. When I have seen Clematis wilt, the green leaves go very droopy and stay like that for some time before going brown. Your plant looks very healthy to me.

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  • BookertooBookertoo Posts: 1,306

    It is usually the big summer flowering clematis that get the dreaded 'wilt'.  When they do, suddenly the whole plant loses tension and literally wilts.  Often you can cut it back below ground level and it comes again.

    Smaller types of clematis, taxensis, vitcella, alpinas and so on, do not appear to get it. 

  • Thank you Dovefromabove, punkdoc and Bookertoo, that's a relief!  image Appreciate your helpful responses.

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