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Clematis orientalis (Group)

Clematis orientalis is extremely robust: clematis wilt, mildew, hot south-facing walls, little aeration or dryness are no threat to them. The "Golden Tiara®" (clematis Kugotia) variety in our assortment belongs to this clematis group -- it was chosen as the best of its class. It was a lucky offspring seedling of clematis "Golden Harvest" and has big and beautiful flowers that open fully; it also boasts a long flowering period. The leaves are delicate, and while it won't provide a dense foliage wall, its contrast is amazing on darker facades!

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(Clematis tangutica and clematis serratifolia are the main varieties within this group)

Clematis "Golden Tiara"® "Kugotia," bred by Henk Kuijf / Netherlands 1994
Clematis "Golden Tiara"® "Kugotia," bred by Henk Kuijf / Netherlands 1994

Requirements / Price

The location can be sunny to partially shaded; soil should be fresh, humus-rich, and well-drained. A shaded base and wind protection are optional for this clematis. Distance between plants-- 1.5 - 3 metres. >>> Price

Characteristics and Pruning

These are petiole ('leaf tendril') climbers that may also grow with overhanging shoots. The clematis of this group are extremely robust, resistant to clematis wilt, and can withstand dry environments. Growth speed and density of leaves: moderate, lasting from April to October with fine leaves. Plants reach a height of about 3-4 metres. Flowers are shaped like yellow lanterns  2 - 8 cm in size, depending on the variety ("Golden Tiara" has large flowers), flowering from July to October. Has beautiful, delicate seed capsules. If you choose a variety other than "Golden Tiara," keep in mind: the yellow flowers open differently depending on the species and variety; some varieties hardly open at all and remain as unopened bells. There are also considerable differences in flower size, flowering time, and flowering duration.


Depending on the trellis, there are two pruning techniques:

With smaller trellises (2.5 metres or less), the plant should be cut down to 20 - 30 cm (max. 60 cm)      above the ground (towards the end of the year). With larger trellises up to 5 metres, the shoots should be thinned out in spring (cutting just above the stronger new shoots). Flowering starts 2 - 3 weeks earlier with this method.

Climbing Aids (Cable Systems) for the Facade

Choose closely-meshed (narrow) arrangements in a 25 - 35 cm grid. Vertical axes should dominate so that the trellis forms 'standing rectangles' instead of squares. See below for suitable trellis shapes/cable systems. The 5050 wire rope trellis is a good choice and can be used with steel rods. Easy kits (basic and basic-s-) are enough; sometimes the mini or light kits may be sufficient, but a trellis in the medium range allows for optimal development.

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Click on the image to see which designs are compatible as a climbing aid for clematis orientalis.

Clematis "Golden Tiara"® on a wooden facade (see photo below)
Clematis "Golden Tiara"® on a wooden facade (see photo below)
Clematis orientalis "Golden Tiara"
Wall greening with clematis "Golden Tiara" ("Kugotia")
Flowers of the clematis serratifolias "Golden Tiaras" flowers from above
Clematis "Kugotia"

Other clematis orientalis

There are several varieties with small flowered yellow clematis, especially sorts whose flowers won't open completely. Here are some examples...

Clematis on a blue wooden trellis
Yellow clematis orientalis (or tangutica) on steel wire rope
Clematis orientalis (or tangutica) near a house entrance
Downpipe greening with clematis tangutica
Clematis orientalis or tangutica on a wall
Clematis tangutica or orientalis on a lightning conductor
Clematis serratifolia on a wooden espalier
Fence greening with clematis orientalis
Clematis tangutica on a fence

Suitable wire rope trellises for clematis orientalis

Please click on the graphics to see a detailed view of each design!

 = suitable         = sometimes suitable       = not suitable