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Clematis 'Luther Burbank' (Late Large-Flowered Clematis)

Large-Flowered Clematis 'Luther Burbank'


Noted for the sheer copiousness of its blooms, Clematis 'Luther Burbank' is a strong deciduous climber which produces an abundance of large, violet-purple, open star flowers, 6-8 in. across (15-20 cm), from mid summer to fall. The attractive blooms are blessed with 6 rounded, wavy-edged sepals that nearly overlap at their base but draw apart and crimp downward as they expand. They make a lovely contrast to the prominent tuft of pale yellow stamens. As the blossoms mature, they fade toward blue and a pale track appears at the midribs. This clematis enjoys a handsome foliage of fresh green leaves, often of an elongated heart-shape. Compact, it is very hardy but also grows well in hot climates. An excellent choice for scrambling through small trees or covering trellises, arbors, pergolas and walls.

  • Easy to grow and to cultivate, this clematis thrives in moist, well-drained soils, in full sun or part shade. Ideally, Clematis prefer having their 'heads in the sun and their feet in the shade'. Keep the roots cool and shaded by other plants or add a layer of pebbles or flat stones at the base.
  • This clematis can quickly grow up to 8-13 ft. long (240-390 cm).
  • Deadhead after the first wave of blooms to promote new blooms.
  • This Clematis belongs to the third group of Clematis - a group including Clematis which flower in late summer on growth made in that season. They should be pruned in late winter or early spring and require 'hard pruning': simply cut back the stems to a pair of strong buds about 1ft. (30 cm) above ground level before growth begins in early spring.
  • As climbers, Clematis are unsurpassed in their long flowering presence, their rich diversity of flower shapes, their wide array of colors and tolerances in terms of exposure and climate. It is no wonder they are so popular! From tree huggers to container varieties, there is a Clematis for every garden and flowers for almost every month of the year! Members of the Ranunculaceae family, they include more than 300 species and hundreds of hybrids. They create year after year a ravishing colorful show in the garden whether solely trained on walls, arbors or trellises, or grown in association with other climbers. They are divided into 3 groups which determine how they should be pruned. Regular pruning of Clematis is important as it promotes strong growth and flowering as well as a harmonious plant. If left unpruned, Clematis can turn into a mass of tangled stems with a bare base and flowers well above eye level.

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Requirements

Hardiness 4 – 11
Heat Zones 1 – 9
Climate Zones 2A, 2B, 3A, 3B, 4, 5, 6, 7, 8, 9, 10, 11, 14, 15, 16, 17, 18, 19, 20, 21, 22, 23, 24, A2, A3
Plant Type Climbers
Plant Family Clematis
Exposure Full Sun, Partial Sun
Season of Interest Summer (Mid,Late)
Fall
Height 8' – 13' (240cm – 3.9m)
Water Needs Average
Maintenance Low
Soil Type Chalk, Clay, Loam, Sand
Soil pH Acid, Alkaline, Neutral
Soil Drainage Moist but Well-Drained
Characteristics Showy
Tolerance Deer, Rabbit
Attracts Butterflies, Hummingbirds
Garden Uses Arbors, Pergolas, Trellises, Beds and Borders, Wall-Side Borders
Garden Styles City and Courtyard, Informal and Cottage, Traditional Garden

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Requirements

Hardiness 4 – 11
Heat Zones 1 – 9
Climate Zones 2A, 2B, 3A, 3B, 4, 5, 6, 7, 8, 9, 10, 11, 14, 15, 16, 17, 18, 19, 20, 21, 22, 23, 24, A2, A3
Plant Type Climbers
Plant Family Clematis
Exposure Full Sun, Partial Sun
Season of Interest Summer (Mid,Late)
Fall
Height 8' – 13' (240cm – 3.9m)
Water Needs Average
Maintenance Low
Soil Type Chalk, Clay, Loam, Sand
Soil pH Acid, Alkaline, Neutral
Soil Drainage Moist but Well-Drained
Characteristics Showy
Tolerance Deer, Rabbit
Attracts Butterflies, Hummingbirds
Garden Uses Arbors, Pergolas, Trellises, Beds and Borders, Wall-Side Borders
Garden Styles City and Courtyard, Informal and Cottage, Traditional Garden

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