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PlantFiles: Chinese Trumpet Creeper, Trumpet Vine
Campsis grandiflora

Family: Bignoniaceae (big-no-nih-AY-see-ee) (Info)
Genus: Campsis (KAMP-sis) (Info)
Species: grandiflora (gran-dih-FLOR-uh) (Info)

Synonym:Bignonia grandiflora
Synonym:Campsis chinensis

2 vendors have this plant for sale.

6 members have or want this plant for trade.

Vines and Climbers

20-30 ft. (6-9 m)

6-8 ft. (1.8-2.4 m)

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)
USDA Zone 10a: to -1.1 C (30 F)
USDA Zone 10b: to 1.7 C (35 F)

Sun Exposure:
Full Sun
Sun to Partial Shade

Unknown - Tell us

Bloom Color:

Bloom Time:
Late Spring/Early Summer
Mid Summer
Late Summer/Early Fall


Other details:
This plant is attractive to bees, butterflies and/or birds
Average Water Needs; Water regularly; do not overwater

Soil pH requirements:
Unknown - Tell us

Patent Information:

Propagation Methods:
From softwood cuttings

Seed Collecting:
Allow pods to dry on plant; break open to collect seeds
Properly cleaned, seed can be successfully stored

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3 positives
1 neutral
4 negatives

Gardeners' Notes:

Positive burien_gardener On Aug 8, 2013, burien_gardener from Burien (SW Seattle), WA (Zone 8b) wrote:

This beautiful, tropical-looking vine has been growing in my SW Seattle garden for 20+ years. Not one sucker. Not one, not never. Would like it to sucker so I could share as this version of Trumpet Vine is much more showy than the US native.

Perhaps mine has never suckered because I don't pamper it. Vigorous plants should NOT be pampered. It's planted under an eve on the south/sunny side of the house with other more xeric plants that can't stand winter wet. Watered infrequently during the growing season, most of the annual growth is killed back by cold because Seattle summers are too short and not hot enough for the wood to ripen completely.

I feel sorry for those who live in fear of it's willingness to clamp onto any surface with holdfasts (similarly to ivy). My garden kit includes sharp things like hand pruners AND I take the time to direct the branches where they show.

Negative woollenjazz On Aug 8, 2011, woollenjazz from COS COB, CT wrote:

We have had this plant in the gardens of two of the houses we have lived in: One in Surrey, in the U.K. and one in Connecticut. We planted neither, and in both locations I would say that the brief beauty of the blooms does not make the plant worth having, because of the suckers it throws up. I wish it were easy to get rid of this invasive plant. Choose a pretty clematis instead, that is my advise!

Neutral tropicsofohio On Apr 17, 2007, tropicsofohio from Hilliard, OH (Zone 6b) wrote:

grow wildly in Ohio, seems to control itself here. Very pretty when in bloom but looks bad in winter. cut it back during the winter so you don't have to look at it, should grow back quickly. Pluck back the seedlings that are not wanted to prevent an out-of-control weed.

Positive Alkijim On Aug 31, 2004, Alkijim from Mount Vernon, WA wrote:

The plant's invasive growth can be controlled with regular pruning back to the basic shape. To grow it is to adopt a new pet that needs weekly nipping and cutting. The rewards are worth the effort.

Negative maphead On Aug 10, 2004, maphead from Vancouver, WA wrote:

This vine (Trumpet Vine Campsis grandiflora) appears to be closer to what we have in our SW Washington yard. I posted this note to the other vine board prior to learning of this breed.

IF you have info on how to Stem its growth PLEASE post. I need to abate its progess soon!

A mature red vine was one of the selling points of the house we purchased in '02. Hummers loved it and it was a big, shady beauty on the eastside of the house and garage.
Last year we had to dig the sucker out of the area surrounding the waste out-flow pipe where it knotted roots into the pipe to get nutrients and water. This year the remnants have shot up and I am concerned that the pipe will be blocked again soon since we are having another drought this year.

Removing the vine from the house has helped us control sweet seeking ants that previously invaded without ceasing.

I have dug up around the foundation of the house and brought up root sections 1.5 to 2 inches in diameter. I left the hole open to see what might show up. Sure enough, sprouts, full on, with long tendrils and leaves where present within three days of our seeming massacre. Now it feels like a losing game to find *any* more segments and get them out.

This was a great mature plant - plenty of seed pods, beautiful blooms and thick leafy shade around our east facing windows. Previous owners placed well thought out trellis across windows to really use the shade. I am sorry to try to eradicate it but last year's bill for pipe work convinced me. Further, the gutters, roofing tile and window frames were being systematically pried away from the house by the vine. We still have not gotten all the woody remnants off the house.

I welcome any suggestions for slowing or terminating growth of the remaining root knuckles that are exposed. (I just can't dig up any more of the yard or Sweetie will be really sad with me.) We have lots of other great plants and have a 'chem-free' operation going.

Positive aviator8188 On Jul 14, 2004, aviator8188 from Murphysboro, IL (Zone 7a) wrote:

Yes, it is highly invasive, but I just love it! It blooms continually from early June to early October here in zone 7a. It attracts many hummingbirds and adds a unique touch to a yard. It can be easily controlled by collecting the seed pods in the fall and by trimming it back in the spring. My vine usually grows about 6 feet per year. It looks great on any Trellis or fence!

Negative WickedVixn On May 22, 2004, WickedVixn from Wayne, PA wrote:

It is pretty and attracts hummingbirds but is extremely invasive.

Negative kandee On Jul 26, 2003, kandee wrote:

We planted this vine in our backyard to attract the hummingbirds and because it is pretty. However, it has turned into a monster plant taking over our grape arbor, herb garden, shed, and is now starting into our neighbors yard. We have tried to pull it up, dig it up, but it has given us hundreds on new plants all over our small back yard. We want to totally eradicate these growing monsters, but we are organic and can't use anything that would be harmful to small animals or people.


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

Clanton, Alabama
Glendale, Arizona
Palm Springs, California
Cos Cob, Connecticut
Colbert, Georgia
Murphysboro, Illinois
Hilliard, Ohio
Greensburg, Pennsylvania
Wayne, Pennsylvania
Sumter, South Carolina
Cowan, Tennessee
Austin, Texas
Denton, Texas
Lufkin, Texas
Midland, Texas
Plano, Texas
Spicewood, Texas
Vancouver, Washington

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