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Vigorous climber

Can anyone recommend a vigorous flowering climber to climb up an apple tree?


  • pansyfacepansyface Posts: 21,526
    I have a Rambling Rector rose which is about 30 feet high with the potential to go higher. But he's a bad-tempered old beggar and keen to use his thorns so it's just as well that I don't try to pick the apples.

    How high do you want? Does thorniness matter?
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  • Thorniness doesn't matter too much. Ideally lots of blooms and strong fragrance. The apple tree is around 20ft high image

  • ObelixxObelixx Posts: 28,803

    Rambling Rector and Kiftsgate will both get too big for a 20' tree though they are good plants.  Maybe a less vigorous rambler would do but remember they only flower the once except for Malvern Hills and Phyllis Bide which only get to 10 or 12 feet high.   See here for a selection - 

    I have a clematis Betty Corning which has nodding lilac bells, flowers from June to September and is scented.   She's a group 3 so needs cutting down each year in March but, given a generous dollop of clematis food in spring every year, she gets bigger and taller and has more and more flowering stems with each season.  Brilliant plant.

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