Crossvine, Cross-Vine, Trumpet Flower
Bignonia capreolata

Family: Bignoniaceae (big-no-nih-AY-see-ee) (Info)
Genus: Bignonia (big-NO-nee-uh) (Info)
Species: capreolata (kap-ree-oh-LAH-tuh) (Info)
Synonym:Doxantha capreolata
Synonym:Anisostichus capreolata
Synonym:Anisostichus crucigera
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Category:

Vines and Climbers

Height:

30-40 ft. (9-12 m)

Spacing:

9-12 in. (22-30 cm)

Hardiness:

USDA Zone 6a: to -23.3 C (-10 F)

USDA Zone 6b: to -20.5 C (-5 F)

USDA Zone 7a: to -17.7 C (0 F)

USDA Zone 7b: to -14.9 C (5 F)

USDA Zone 8a: to -12.2 C (10 F)

USDA Zone 8b: to -9.4 C (15 F)

USDA Zone 9a: to -6.6 C (20 F)

USDA Zone 9b: to -3.8 C (25 F)

Sun Exposure:

Sun to Partial Shade

Danger:

Handling plant may cause skin irritation or allergic reaction

Pollen may cause allergic reaction

Bloom Color:

Gold (Yellow-Orange)

Bloom Time:

Late Winter/Early Spring

Late Summer/Early Fall

Foliage:

Evergreen

Other details:

Requires consistently moist soil; do not let dry out between waterings

May be a noxious weed or invasive

This plant is attractive to bees, butterflies and/or birds

Soil pH requirements:

6.6 to 7.5 (neutral)

Patent Information:

Non-patented

Propagation Methods:

From seed; direct sow outdoors in fall

From seed; sow indoors before last frost

From seed; direct sow after last frost

Seed Collecting:

Allow pods to dry on plant; break open to collect seeds

Regional

This plant has been said to grow in the following regions:

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Bessemer, Alabama

Saraland, Alabama

Vincent, Alabama

Tempe, Arizona

Ashdown, Arkansas

Little Rock, Arkansas

Morrilton, Arkansas

Wilmington, Delaware

Bartow, Florida

Casselberry, Florida

Dade City, Florida

Hollywood, Florida

New Port Richey, Florida

Palm Coast, Florida

Pensacola, Florida

Tallahassee, Florida

Albany, Georgia

Athens, Georgia

Brunswick, Georgia

Cornelia, Georgia

Demorest, Georgia

Barbourville, Kentucky

Cadiz, Kentucky

Salvisa, Kentucky

Abita Springs, Louisiana

Baton Rouge, Louisiana

Gonzales, Louisiana

Portland, Maine

Gwynn Oak, Maryland

Columbus, Mississippi

Lumberton, Mississippi

Maben, Mississippi

Raymond, Mississippi

Saucier, Mississippi

Kansas City, Missouri

Riverside, Missouri

Hobbs, New Mexico

North Tonawanda, New York

Chapel Hill, North Carolina

Kure Beach, North Carolina

Lake Toxaway, North Carolina

Statesville, North Carolina

Dundee, Ohio

Englewood, Ohio

Hulbert, Oklahoma

Norman, Oklahoma

Okatie, South Carolina

Lewisburg, Tennessee

Arlington, Texas

Austin, Texas

Canyon Lake, Texas

Crane, Texas

Desoto, Texas

Fate, Texas

Fort Worth, Texas (2 reports)

Jacksonville, Texas

Katy, Texas

Missouri City, Texas

Odessa, Texas

Pipe Creek, Texas

Round Rock, Texas

San Antonio, Texas

Sanger, Texas

Spring Branch, Texas

Tyler, Texas

Harrisonburg, Virginia

Manassas, Virginia

Suffolk, Virginia

Kalama, Washington

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Gardeners' Notes:

11
positives
5
neutrals
2
negatives
RatingContent
Positive

On Sep 30, 2014, james78070 from SPRING BRANCH, TX wrote:

I first bought this vine four years ago to cover my first 2500 gallon rain harvesting tank. According to the nursery tag it was the Tangerine Beauty varietal. I wanted the tank to be covered in leaves figuring it would help the tank last longer if it had the added protection from the sun.

I wrapped some black plastic deer fence I had left over around the tank and also over the top leaving a hole for the manhole cover at the top of the tank. I planted four of these around this tank in soil that was not very rich in nutrients. I did water it well the first summer but since then I have not watered it much - a couple times a week in the early spring (if it is a dry spring) to help encourage the spring bloom period then after the spring bloom ends I water it once or twice a m... read more

Neutral

On Jun 15, 2014, woodspirit1 from Lake Toxaway, NC (Zone 7a) wrote:

I had a friend whose cross-vine pulled down a barn.

Negative

On Sep 30, 2011, YardBirdJim from Ashburn, GA wrote:

Bignonia species can become very invasive after a few years. Underground runners or suckers can come up 30+ feet or more from the original root ball. Once this happens, there will be cross vine suckers coming up all over the place. At that stage, it is very difficult to completely eradicate. The short bloom period did not prove to be very good at attracting hummingbirds.
I have found that the variety 'Tangerine Beauty' is comparatively tame and non-invasive. I hope it stays that way. Even the hummingbirds seem to prefer this variety over the species.

Positive

On Jun 27, 2011, Mrrobba from Englewood, OH wrote:

I live in Central Ohio and have a weekend getaway in SE Ohio. I noticed this orange trumpet flower in the spring. It was growing wild up two of my fence posts. Back in Yellow Springs, OH I've noticed the same plant growing up trees and covering the base of the tree. Birds must be spreading the seeds. I love Hummingbirds so now that I know the Cross vine attracts them, I'll grow them closer to the house. I was wondering how to grow them so now I look for the seed pods. Thanks to the info on this website.

Positive

On Mar 2, 2011, kgfl from Palm Bay, FL wrote:

I live in east central Florida and I planted my cross vine about 2 years ago. Both years we had a few 32 degree nights; it seemed to barely notice and is blooming like mad this year...it's early March and it is lovely! I haven't given it much food or water and it's in on a south wall;lots of sun. To disguise the leggy lower portion, I planted passiflora at the base, fully prepared to prune!

Neutral

On Aug 16, 2010, Ludlow37 from Rock Hill, SC wrote:

Had a Crossvine on a heavily sunlit 6-foot trellis for 8 years--finally gave up on it this spring--it was definitely not evergreen, though gorgeous when in full leaf and flower. It just started looking ratty and stringy from about November to May, with dead (or no) leaves and grey tendrils and a few spent blossoms still hanging on. After two years of that, we decided the bare arbor looked better! Anybody else have that problem--or have a replacement suggestion that won't eat the house?

Rock Hill, SC

Positive

On Sep 8, 2009, jazzy1okc from Oklahoma City, OK wrote:

This is by far the nicest vine in my yard and I have many, many vines. In my OKC, zone 7 garden, Tangerine Crossvine is evergreen, although the blooms are so numerous off and on throughout the summer and into fall that the foliage seems to disappear! My three-year-old crossvine has nearly covered a metal shed, something no other vine I've tried has been able to do, probably because of the intense heat. It seems to like half day, afternoon sun, deep watering in especially hot weather, compost mulch, and both Miracid and Holly Tone organic fertilizer. Hummingbirds love it. Oddly enough, it also attracted a rare (for this area) painted bunting that stripped off all the petals and ate the sweet centers of the flowers during one spring flush of bloom this year! It is a nice, tidy vine tha... read more

Positive

On Mar 16, 2008, krissy_p from Pipe Creek, TX wrote:

Wow! My husband planted this in FULL shade on the northside of our house, it is in full bloom and it is the fastest growing vine I have ever seen.

Positive

On Apr 11, 2007, pajaritomt from Los Alamos, NM (Zone 5a) wrote:

I found this plant growing in the woods along a dirt road in Lumberton, Mississippi -- that is southern Mississippi. It is extremely beautiful and was growing wild on stumps and in trees and bushes. It receives no care and lives in hot wet weather. I hope to get some seeds next time I go by. Lumberton is in zip code 39455.

Positive

On Apr 10, 2007, ertert from Athens, GA wrote:

I, too, worried about the effects of the freeze on the Crossvine. There is a huge stand of it growing along a roadside near me, and in passing, it looks okay. I haven't had a chance to stop and inspect it closely but plan to do so soon.

Positive

On Apr 7, 2007, meredithwilliams from Lewisburg, TN (Zone 7a) wrote:

This is newly planted in my garden, a large two gallon plant and is thriving, already showing blooms until a very late frost last night. Does anyone know if this late frost will damage the plant and what might I expect in length of time for it to recover.

Neutral

On Jan 9, 2007, frostweed from Josephine, Arlington, TX (Zone 8a) wrote:

Crossvine, Cross-Vine, Trumpet Flower Bignonia capreolata is Native to Texas and other States.

Positive

On Aug 17, 2006, mamajack from Fate, TX (Zone 8a) wrote:

while this plant might LIKE moist soil it grows in my garden that i named THE GARDEN THAT TEXAS CAN'T KILL. no water, no fertilizer, all day complete west side texas sun and has been there for over 5 years. 'nuff said. i like this plant.

Neutral

On Apr 21, 2006, OhioBreezy from Dundee, OH (Zone 5b) wrote:

growing this year, will see how it takes the winters here in my 5b gardens with some protection.

Positive

On Mar 5, 2006, J_hilscher from Round Rock, TX wrote:

We planted the coral crossvine on our 6 ft. wooden fence 5 years ago. It is leafy and dark green year round and slopes over the fence making it nice to look at during our "winter" in Austin, TX. When blooming, it is very thickly covered in orangey/pinkish colored blooms. My husband once accidentally cut it to the ground with the weed wacker, and it came back. We have never had a problem with it being invasive. It does spread but doesn't pop up everywhere. Also, we have never watered it, and it still thrives. It was planted on the shady side of the fence and slopes over the sunny side.

Negative

On Oct 23, 2005, penpen from North Tonawanda, NY (Zone 6a) wrote:

I started 2 plants from seed this year so this is my first year with this plant. It did take a while for the seeds to germinate but the plants have continued to grow and thrive all summer long. I will be anxious to see how they fair over the winter and how much growth they put on next year here in western NY.

It is now 2012, My crossvine from seed bloomed for the first time this year. The flowers were yellow on the inside with a deep red or burgundy throat abd burgundy or dusty brownish red on the outside. The blooms didn't last long which was the first disappointment and I noticed that the more moature vine in front is beginning to send up shoots 3 or 4 ft from the main trunk. I believe it was Jim in Ga. who said that the species can be invasive so as much as I wanted... read more

Positive

On Aug 13, 2004, jorjie from Odessa, TX wrote:

It is very hot and dry in West Texas. The crossvine is great. My vines are less than 2 years old and are pest-free. They were completely covered with blooms in April and now in August have a few blooms again. The leaves are glossy and green and have not burned like so many plants do in our 100+ degree weather.

Neutral

On Sep 1, 2001, mystic from Ewing, KY (Zone 6a) wrote:

This is a fast-growing,high-climbing woody vine with opposite,compound leaves having just two leaflets that are 3"-5" long with a long slender tendril between them.The trumpet-shaped,fragrant flowers,are red-brown on the outside and yellow-orange on the inside.They are 2-3 inches long and in clusters of 2-5.You can plant at the base of trees as it searches for the sunlight.It spreads by root sprouting and can become invasive.The vines name comes from the fact that if you cut a stem you will see a cross in the cut stem.Hummingbirds love this vine.