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Trumpetvine

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An extremely beautiful and extremely vigorous vine, can grow tens of feet in a year; very showy scarlet trumpet-shaped flowers in summer; does well in poor soils; extremely attractive to hummingbirds

Characteristics

Species:
radicans
Other Species Names:
Trumpetcreeper
Average Landscape Height:
40 feet
Average Landscape Width:
24 inches
Genus:
Campsis
Branching:
multi-stemmed
Plant Form:
spreading
Canopy:
climber
Density:
dense
Growth Rate:
fast
Pruning:
can prune at anytime
Flower Color:
scarlet
Flower Bicolor:
orange
Flower Eye Color:
yellow
Flower Form:
trumpet
Flower Period:
from early summer to early fall
Summer Foliage Color:
dark green
Fall Color:
yellow
Maximum Light:
full sun
Minimum Light:
partial shade
Maximum Moisture:
moist
Minimum Moisture:
dry
Pollution Tolerance:
high

Ornamental Features

Trumpetvine features bold clusters of scarlet trumpet-shaped flowers with orange overtones and yellow throats at the ends of the branches from early summer to early fall. It has dark green deciduous foliage. The large serrated pointy pinnately compound leaves turn yellow in fall.

Landscape Attributes

Trumpetvine is a dense multi-stemmed deciduous woody vine with a twining and trailing habit of growth. Its average texture blends into the landscape, but can be balanced by one or two finer or coarser trees or shrubs for an effective composition.

Planting & Growing

Trumpetvine will grow to be about 40 feet tall at maturity, with a spread of 24 inches. As a climbing vine, it tends to be leggy near the base and should be underplanted with low-growing facer plants. It should be planted near a fence, trellis or other landscape structure where it can be trained to grow upwards on it, or allowed to trail off a retaining wall or slope. It grows at a fast rate, and under ideal conditions can be expected to live for approximately 20 years.

This woody vine does best in full sun to partial shade. It is very adaptable to both dry and moist locations, and should do just fine under average home landscape conditions. It is considered to be drought-tolerant, and thus makes an ideal choice for xeriscaping or the moisture-conserving landscape. It is not particular as to soil type or pH, and is able to handle environmental salt. It is highly tolerant of urban pollution and will even thrive in inner city environments. This species is native to parts of North America.

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