Clematis climbing up a tree

(Question)

I have several clematis. At least one is climbing up a cedar tree and I am wondering whether it can harm the tree.

 

 

(Answer)

If you prune the clematis yearly, they cannot grow large and heavy enough to do any damage to the cedar boughs.

I have a Clematis ‘Prairie Traveller’s Joy’ which grows many many feet into my crabapple tree.  I allow it go as high as possible.  Each year I cut back anything that is in the branches so that it cannot do any damage the following year.