British Columbia: Can this evergreen clematis be saved?

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  1. tritonx

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    This plant is 5 years old and has been turning brown for the last couple of years. I've cut away dead leaves and vines that seem dead. But this year it is much worse. I live in Sechelt, the back garden has N/E light and strong winds in storms. In the drought conditions of the last few summers, we come under strict watering restrictions and by the end of the summer, we're at level 4 (no watering at all). Needless to say, it's hard to keep things going with such lack of water other than what's in rain barrels. So, this plant's problem could be cold, could be drought, maybe disease. I'm planning to cut down all the dead and dying vines and wondering if there's any hope for the plant or should I just replace it? There is a strong new shoot from its base, but the leaves on it have black spots higher up. Second pic shows leaves on new shoot. The background leaves are from old vines.
     

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    Daniel Mosquin Renowned Contributor UBC Botanical Garden Forums Administrator Forums Moderator 10 Years

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    Well, if you don't mind having it in that space for another year, cut it back and see what it does. If it flourishes, you can likely eliminate disease as an issue. If not, I think you'll be able to eliminate drought (and then you would end up replacing it anyway, be it cold or disease).
     
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    Thanks for your reply, Daniel. Since it was a nice strong shoot coming up from the base, I decided to cut away the dead/dying debris (massive job, but determined woman). As I was cutting the old wood stems, I noticed green buds just barely emerging from nodes. If the plant can get over such a massive pruning, fingers crossed it survives and fills in the arbour again. I see other baby vines with leaves unfurling coming from the nodes of the survivor shoot, so looks promising so far.
     
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    Update on dying clematis. Fingers crossed still, but it's really trying hard to restore itself to glory. Although the end of the single shoot began to wither, there are a lot of fresh, new tendrils growing out from the main shoot. I am daring to have hope.
     

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    wcutler Renowned Contributor Forums Moderator VCBF Cherry Scout 10 Years

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    Thanks for letting us know. It seems to be doing very well.
     

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