Common name: Clematis-Bush Clematis R. Serious Black

Height: 4-6 Feet
Spread: 3-4.5 Feet
Flower Color: White Shades
Foliage Color: Green shades  Purple shades
Hardiness Zone: 3,4,5,6,7,8,9
Sun or Shade?: Full sun (> 6 hrs. direct sun)  Part shade (4-6 hrs. direct sun)
Wet or dry?: Average water needs
Want to see wings?: Attracts butterflies
Need critter resistant plants?: Deer resistant Rabbit resistant
How fast should it grow?: Medium
When should it bloom?: Late spring  Early summer  Midsummer  Rebloomer
Looking for seasonal interest?: Attractive Seed Heads
How's your soil?: Poor Soil  Average Soil  Fertile Soil
Sweet or Sour Soil?: Neutral Soil (pH = 7.0) Alkaline Soil (pH > 7.0)

What's your garden style?: Container/Patio  Cottage  Eclectic

Completely different than vining Clematis, SERIOUS BLACK™ is a bush type that it can stand up on its own but also is the perfect companion for taller perennials like Delphiniums which can be used for support. It is easily grown in decorative patio containers as well.

The name SERIOUS BLACK  references its extraordinarily dark purple new foliage which matures to deep olive green.

In late spring to early summer, antique ivory colored blossoms about the size of a nickel appear in clusters reminiscent of Sweet Autumn Clematis. They often reappear in midsummer, blooming on the deep purple new growth, and silvery seed heads follow in fall. You can imagine how the light colored blossoms jump out against the dark foliage; the effect is stunning!

This selection is rather new and rare in the US, so we recommend ordering early to reserve your share.

Early to midseason flowering cultivars and rebloomer.

Begin to bloom in early summer, with the first flush of flowers appearing on the previous year's growth. This is followed by a second flush flowers appearing on the new growth. These flowers will likely be smaller than the first ones and flowers that were double the first time may be single the second time.

The time to prune this group is in late winter or early spring. Dead and weak shoots should be removed and the remaining shoots cut back to 6-9 inches above a couple of well-developed buds.