What would be a hardy evergreen flowering vine that can live in Southern Ontario (5b)

Here is the map http://www.plantmaps.com/interactive-ontario-plant-zone-hardiness-map.php

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    few, if any, evergreen vines in Ontario. There are pretenders like euonymus fortunei but one bad winter and it's not evergreen any more. Do you have to have evergreen?
    – kevinskio
    Aug 15 '16 at 18:37
  • At least some kinds of holly are said to be able to grow as vines or climbers. Also, some kinds of holly are hardy to hardiness zone 3. They are more known for their ornamental berries than the flowers, though, but they do get flowers. Holly is evergreen. Aug 16 '16 at 0:05
  • Skip the evergreen part and clematis does well.
    – Ecnerwal
    Aug 16 '16 at 3:19
  • Thanks Ecnerwall, I think that I will go with trumpet vines
    – MiniMe
    Aug 16 '16 at 3:22

Evergreen,flowering, climbing in Zone 5b - there isn't one I'm afraid. There isn't one that does that in the UK, and we're Zone 8, mostly, so I'm afraid it comes down to a choice between an evergreen shrub, or an evergreen climber like Hedera helix (Ivy) or a deciduous flowering climber.

If you decide you can tolerate a non-evergreen flowering climber, Campsis radicans is fully hardy in your zone, but note it flowers much better in a very sunny spot I think this plant is commonly known as Trumpet vine where you are.


  • Campsis radicans is not evergreen in Ontario 5b. You might get a mild winter where the leaves hang on but drop off in the spring. That's the way my evergreen Mahonia behaves in zone 5a.
    – kevinskio
    Aug 15 '16 at 20:18
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    @kevinsky - erm, you might wanna read my answer again - it does say clearly that its deciduous... given there isn't any flowering vine thats evergreen that will survive
    – Bamboo
    Aug 15 '16 at 20:33
  • sorry, I found your sentence confusing and interpreted campsis as your answer to the original evergreen question
    – kevinskio
    Aug 15 '16 at 22:54
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    no worries - except I'm wondering now why its confusing - I shall have another look at it...
    – Bamboo
    Aug 15 '16 at 23:02
  • @kevinsky - can you clarify something for me please? whenpeople in your part of the world use the word 'vine', what precisely does it mean? Its just that in Europe snd UK 'vine' refers primariy to Parthenocissus, but may also be used for any climbing plant - I've seen the term vine used on here sometimes when the person seems to be speaking of a non climbing plant, so does it specifically mean 'climber' there, or just any plant? Same query with the word 'herb' which I've seen used on here for any old plant apparently
    – Bamboo
    Aug 16 '16 at 8:01

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