What's this?


Would anyone know what this could be and if yes.. how do I prune it? Does it need trimming right down to the bottom? thank you 


  • LiriodendronLiriodendron Scariff, County Clare, IrelandPosts: 5,705

    It's a clematis, and a very vigorous one by the look of it.  Hopefully someone else might have an idea which one... my guess would be a late flowering species like Clematis tangutica, because it still has the remains of seed heads on it.  If that's the correct ID, prune it to about a foot above ground level in Feb or March, just above a healthy pair of buds (you can see some in the photo). 

    But others might think it's a different clematis... let's see!  image

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  • chickychicky SurreyPosts: 8,729

    Definitely a clematis, but can't tell which one.  Its in a bit of a tangle so I would be tempted to prune it a Liri suggests whatever it is.  Once you've got it back under control then you can post pictures of its flowers - someone here will then be able to identify it and give you better advice for a long term pruning plan.  We'll need pics of the flowers and also a note of what month they appear in.

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  • hogweedhogweed Central ScotlandPosts: 3,970

    Or it could be a mixture of 2 or 3. Rump it right down and see what happens. At the most it will still grow but not flower this year. At best it will give a stunning display of ???

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  • really appreciate all of your comments. It's all really helpful. Thank you :)

  • It ressembles my viticella - a summer to autumn flowering clematis with small purple flowers.  If it is, it is so vigorous that I cut it right down to about a metre from the ground and it romps away (a mile a minute comes to mind).  It may not be possible to identify it properly until it flowers so I would be a bit careful how low I cut it in the first year.

  • Thank you, very helpful :)

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