Apple Blossom Evergreen Clematis. If the Armand or Evergreen Clematis never flowered, it would still be a garden worthy plant. With its 6" long leaves which hang gracefully downward, it makes a dramatic statement on a trellis or fence. As with all Clematis, it climbs by twisting petioles; hence, it can climb on most any fence, arbor or trellis. The species flowers with panicles of white fragrant flowers beginning here in late February, but this cultivar has pink buds which open an "apple blossom" pink, white inside and pink outside. Growth is extremely vigorous and 12' of growth in a season is not unusual, with new growth being a rich bronze-red. This species native to China.