Clematoclethra scandens (Franch.) Maxim.

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Article from Bean's Trees and Shrubs Hardy in the British Isles

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'Clematoclethra scandens' from the website Trees and Shrubs Online (treesandshrubsonline.org/articles/clematoclethra/clematoclethra-scandens/). Accessed 2021-09-26.

Synonyms

  • Clethra scandens Franch.

Other taxa in genus

Glossary

berry
Fleshy indehiscent fruit with seed(s) immersed in pulp.
calyx
(pl. calyces) Outer whorl of the perianth. Composed of several sepals.
ciliate
Fringed with long hairs.
glaucous
Grey-blue often from superficial layer of wax (bloom).
globose
globularSpherical or globe-shaped.
lanceolate
Lance-shaped; broadest in middle tapering to point.
midrib
midveinCentral and principal vein in a leaf.
ovate
Egg-shaped; broadest towards the stem.
section
(sect.) Subdivision of a genus.

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Credits

Article from Bean's Trees and Shrubs Hardy in the British Isles

Recommended citation
'Clematoclethra scandens' from the website Trees and Shrubs Online (treesandshrubsonline.org/articles/clematoclethra/clematoclethra-scandens/). Accessed 2021-09-26.

A climbing shrub which Wilson found up to 26 ft high, the younger shoots usually covered with a thick covering of brown bristles. Leaves oblong-lanceolate to ovate-lanceolate, pointed, rounded or tapered at the base, the margin thinly bristle-toothed; varying in size from 2 in. long by 1 in. wide to 5 in. long by 234 in. wide; bristly on the midrib above and beneath, also glaucous and downy beneath; stalk up to 114 in. long, bristly like the young wood. Flowers produced in June in the leaf-axils three to six together in short slender-stalked cymes; white, 13 in. wide, with five rounded oblong petals and five shorter ciliate sepals. Fruit a red, globose berry 13 in. wide, the calyx persisting at the base.

Native of W. China; introduced in 1908. This climber is hardy at Kew on a wall or sheltered by bushes. It was originally called “Clethra scandens” by Franchet in 1887 – a strange aberration. To indicate its distinctness from clethras as previously known, he made for it a new section in the genus called Clematoclethra. This sectional name was afterwards adopted as the generic one by Maximowicz. It has of course no botanical relationship with either Clethra or Clematis.