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Bignonia capreolata

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Plant types and subtypes: Vines, Evergreens

Light Requirements: sun, part-sun, part-shade

Water Use: medium

Soil Moisture: dry, moist

Soil Description: neutral, average, loam, clay, sand

Height: 10'-50'

Bloom Time: March, April, May, June

Bloom Color: yellow, orange, red

Leaf Color: green, purple, bronze

Hardiness Zone: 6, 7, 8, 9

Additional Tags: attracts butterflies, attracts hummingbirds, climbing, fall interest, ornamental foliage, semi-deciduous

Flowers of Bignonia capreolata (crossvine).
  • Flowers of Bignonia capreolata (crossvine).
  • Flowers of Bignonia capreolata (crossvine).
  • Flowers of Bignonia capreolata (crossvine).
  • Flowers of Bignonia capreolata (crossvine).

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Description

Bignonia capreolata

Also known as:

crossvine

,

cross vine

,

trumpet flower

,

trumpet creeper

Scientific Synonyms:

Anisostichus capreolata, Anisostichus crucigera, Doxantha capreolata

Description

Bignonia capreolata is a climbing, woody vine that can spread to over 50'. In mid-spring the crossvine becomes covered with clusters of yellow to red trumpet shaped 2" flowers. The leaves are oblong, glossy and waxy in appearance. They turn from deep green in summer to shades of bronze and purple in fall where the weather is colder. It bears 7" long pod-like seed capsules which mature in late summer. It retains most of its leaves making it a climber with great winter interest.

Cultivation

Native to the Eastern U.S. from Texas to Maryland, crossvine can grow in a variety of soil and light conditions, though sunnier exposures will produce more abundant flower production. It climbs using tendrils which consist of modified leaflets therefore it does not damage its supporting structure. Ideal for trellises as well as stone or masonry walls. It may bloom as early as March or as late as April. It often has a smaller secondary bloom in late summer or early fall. Zones 6-9

Propagation

May be propagated from seed, but is easier to propagate from softwood cuttings in summer and fall, or layering in winter.

Additional Notes

If the vine is cut, it will reveal a cross-shape, hence the common name crossvine. While the flowers are appealing to butterflies and humming birds, the lower parts of the plant might come as an irresistible treat for deer in winter.

Native Range & Classification

Recorded County Distribution: USDA data

Native Range:
AL, AR, FL, GA, IL, IN, KY, LA, MD, MO, MS, NC, OH, OK, SC, TN, TX, VA, WV

Classification

Kingdom Plantae Plants
Subkingdom Tracheobionta Vascular plants
Superdivision Spermatophyta Seed plants
Division Magnoliophyta Flowering plants
Class Magnoliopsida Dicotyledons
Subclass Asteridae
Order Scrophulariales
Family Bignoniaceae Trumpet-creeper family
Genus Bignonia bignonia
Species Bignonia capreolata crossvine