Clematis montana Mayleen

Clematis montana 'Mayleen' is a fast growing, vigorous, non-evergreen climber which produces masses of larger-than-average deep pink single flowers in late spring and early summer.

The flowers have golden centres and an intense vanilla scent during the late spring and early summer, the fragrance of which can be enjoyed around the garden.

The leaves are green, tinged with bronze adding extra appeal.

Clematis montana 'Mayleen' was raised in the 1970s by Jim Fisk of Fisk's Clematis Nursery, Suffolk, England, who received the original plant from a customer. It is usually placed in the 'rubens' sub-species of Clematis montana on account of the coppery-colour of the young leaves, although its flowers are somewhat larger than other varieties of this sub-species. 

How to grow

'Mayleen' is a vigorous fast-growing plant, capable of climbing up to 10m after about 10 years or so.

No pruning is usually necessary, and it can be planted in any aspect.

It is particularly important to keep 'Mayleen' well watered during the first few growing seasons, until its roots get fully established.


Mayleen characteristics

Growing

  • Flowering time: Early summer
  • Attractive features: Summer foliage colour
  • Useful for: Screening
  • Gardening skill: Suitable for beginners
  • Flowering duration: Long
  • Height after 10 years: Over 10m / 33ft
  • Growth habit: Climbing
  • Spread after 10 years: 2m-3m / 7ft-10ft
  • Light requirement: Tolerates shade Prefers full sun
  • Pruning: Do not prune

Climate

  • Climate suitability: Temperate climates
  • Cold hardiness (RHS): H4 (to -10C)
  • Cold hardiness (USDA): (8) 10F / -12C

Identification

  • Country of origin: United Kingdom
  • Period of origin: 1950 - 1999
  • Flower colour: Pink
  • Flowering month: May
  • Flower form: Single flower (5-8 petals)
  • Leaf colour: Green
  • Leaf colour - young: Light copper
  • Annual cycle: Deciduous