Evergreen or Armand Clematis. This has to be the aristocrat of all vines and this impressive Chinese Clematis is just as impressive in foliage as it is in flower. The trifoliate compound leaves occur in opposites of three leaflets, and all Clematis climb by twining or twisting petioles, which to me is quite unusual. It is extremely vigorous, putting on 12-15' of growth in a season. I have seen it in the tops of some of our 30' pines. The very fragrant flowers appear in terminal and axillary panicles starting here in late February and continuing for a month. New growth is reddish-bronze and hardens off to a dark glossy green. One prerequisite for growing this species as it needs consistently good drainage. I have seen one vine trained up a chimney at least 50' high on the Haverty's mansion (of Haverty's Furniture fame) in Atlanta. Most impressive! It can cover a trellis or an arbor in one growing season.