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Old 26-12-2023, 04:55 PM
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Default Russian Vine vs Clematis


Can someone advise how I can tell the difference between Russian Vine and Clematis in winter?

Yes, I know, that sounds like a made-up pub quiz question! So let me explain:
- Iím a novice gardener. Having retired, I now have the time and desire to sort out my neglected garden.
- I have a fence thatís covered to the point of groaning under the weight of climbers. I need to seriously thin it out.
- One of the climbers is a mature clematis. Every May/June the fence is covered in beautiful pink blooms. I want to keep the clematis.
- One of the climbers is a Russian Vine. Iíd like to chop it down, but the two are entwined.
- If I knew how to identify it, Iíd cut the Russian vine off at the base.
- When theyíre in leaf, I canít see a thing (in terms of stems and branches). So I thought Iíd wait until now, when I can see whatís what.

The problem is, without leaves and flowers, Iím not sure how to tell apart the stem of the clematis and the Russian vine. As far as I can tell, the stems of one plant appear to be darker brown than the other. But thatís as far as I get!

Any help would be much appreciated.
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