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Clematis 'Bill MacKenzie'

Tangutica Group clematis

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Key information

Plant type

Deciduous climber

Flower colour

Yellow

Feature

Attractive seed-heads, Flowers

Hardiness

Hardy

Skill level

Experienced

photo by Dave Zubraski, copyright GAP Photos (50485)

Plant details

One of Nigel Colborn's favourite clematis, this cultivar is one of the best of the orientalis types and a vigorous climber, growing to about 7m (22ft) in height with a 4m (12ft) spread. It has dark-green leaves and huge mustard-yellow, lantern-shaped flowers, which are followed by whiskery seed-heads. This plant may be grown in partial shade or full sun, but prefers rich, well-drained soil with the roots shaded. As with all the late-flowering clematis, pruning is easy. Simply cut back the stems to a pair of strong buds 15cm to 20cm (6in to 8in) above ground level before growth begins in early spring.

Family: Ranunculaceae

Genus: Clematis

Cultivar: Bill MacKenzie

Plant type: Deciduous climber

Flower colour: Yellow

Foliage colour: Mid-green

Feature: Attractive seed-heads, Flowers

Sun exposure: Full sun, Partial shade

Soil: Well-drained/light, Clay/heavy, Chalky/alkaline

Hardiness: Hardy

Skill level: Experienced

Height: 180cm

Spread: 300cm

Flowering period: June to November


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