Bignonia, Cross Vine, Crossvine, Trumpet Flower 'Tangerine Beauty'

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)
Cultivar: Tangerine Beauty
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Vines and Climbers

Water Requirements:

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

Sun Exposure:

Sun to Partial Shade



Foliage Color:

Unknown - Tell us


30-40 ft. (9-12 m)


8-10 ft. (2.4-3 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)

Where to Grow:

Unknown - Tell us


Handling plant may cause skin irritation or allergic reaction

Bloom Color:

Gold (yellow-orange)

Bloom Characteristics:

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

Bloom Size:

Unknown - Tell us

Bloom Time:

Late Winter/Early Spring

Late Summer/Early Fall

Other details:

May be a noxious weed or invasive

Soil pH requirements:

6.6 to 7.5 (neutral)

7.6 to 7.8 (mildly alkaline)

Patent Information:


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


This plant is said to grow outdoors in the following regions:

Trussville, Alabama

Vincent, Alabama

Buckeye, Arizona

Chandler, Arizona

Mesa, Arizona

Queen Creek, Arizona

Tempe, Arizona

Albany, California

Citrus Heights, California

Clermont, Florida

Deland, Florida

High Springs, Florida

Mulberry, Florida

Ponte Vedra Beach, Florida

Punta Gorda, Florida

Saint Augustine, Florida

Yulee, Florida

Albany, Georgia

Peachtree City, Georgia

Jeffersonville, Indiana

Barbourville, Kentucky

Lake Charles, Louisiana

Owings, Maryland

Eupora, Mississippi

Ballwin, Missouri

Henderson, Nevada(2 reports)

Las Vegas, Nevada

Albuquerque, New Mexico

North Tonawanda, New York

Garner, North Carolina

Indian Trail, North Carolina

New Bern, North Carolina

Waynesville, North Carolina

Enid, Oklahoma

Hulbert, Oklahoma

Oklahoma City, Oklahoma

Tulsa, Oklahoma

Conway, South Carolina

Rock Hill, South Carolina

Saint Helena Island, South Carolina

Clarksville, Tennessee

Knoxville, Tennessee

Alice, Texas

Allen, Texas

Arlington, Texas(2 reports)

Atlanta, Texas

Austin, Texas(2 reports)

Bellaire, Texas

Bryan, Texas(2 reports)

Dallas, Texas(2 reports)

Desoto, Texas

Fate, Texas

Fort Worth, Texas(2 reports)

Georgetown, Texas

Jacksonville, Texas

La Porte, Texas

Mc Kinney, Texas

Midlothian, Texas

Missouri City, Texas

Plano, Texas

San Antonio, Texas(2 reports)

Tyler, Texas

Clarksville, Virginia

Great Falls, Virginia

Harrisonburg, Virginia

Manassas, Virginia

Orlean, Virginia

Stuart, Virginia

Seattle, Washington

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Gardeners' Notes:


On Jun 23, 2018, Rests from Bryan, TX wrote:

Planted this along the fence about 4 weeks ago. It has already grown about 12 to 15 inches up the fence. So far so good. Usually I can't get vines to grow. I rate this right now a big "10"!

Update: Blooming and growing like crazy. Will trim back a little bit after bloom season. It got down into the teens this winter. Didn't faze this vine one bit. A star performer!

May 2019

It has grown about another 5 feet this year. Like it because it can take extreme temperatures be it extremely cold or extremely hot. Stays pretty no matter what. Just wish it had a longer blooming season. Only blooms here for about 3 weeks in the spring. Very easy to grow.

September 2020

What started out as two very sm... read more


On May 13, 2014, Lovehum wrote:

I only have a little experience with this vine but I'm quite fond of it. I've never seen it sold locally. I got it via mail order from oyveygardens. It arrived with tons of buds, blooming and sending out wonderful new growth on top. I'm hoping it will survive the wicked winters we've been having lately. The blooms darken into deeper hues as they age. Unlike my trumpet vine Campis Radicans which lost all of its leaves in the course of two freezing days, the Tangerine Beauty is holding fast to its thick waxy, attractive leaves even into December's end.


On Mar 23, 2014, BonnieGardens from Clermont, FL (Zone 9a) wrote:

Very easy grower but hasn't spread anywhere but on the fence I planted in near. Been in a few years and just now blossoming beautifully. Thanks to a gal on DG I now know what I have and love it.


On Jul 24, 2012, LeslieT from Bellaire, TX wrote:

This is a really great, non-invasive vine for my Houston-area garden. It has remained within bounds for nearly 20 years. It blooms when hummingbirds are migrating.


On Jun 13, 2011, penpen from North Tonawanda, NY (Zone 6a) wrote:

I have one vine that was purchased . It had a few blooms the first year and several more the 2nd year. The third year it completely covered my arbor but didn't bloom. This spring (year 4), I trimmed it back and it has covered half the arbor already with new growth but did not bloom again this year. I also have two more out back on an arbor that were started from seed. The oldest one (3 yrs. old) has climbed to the top of that arbor already this spring and the 2nd seed grown vine is only going into its second season and just beginning to grow. Does anyone know how long it takes for this vine to bloom from seed? I am not sure how old the original purchased plant was when I got it but since it bloomed the first two years, I would have thought it would have bloomed the last 2 yrs. The... read more


On May 29, 2010, janiemae1 from Crane, TX wrote:

Does anyone have any suggestions please. I have three of these vines in our courtyard. This is their second year. They came out, bloomed, now they look awful. Yellowing, and just no doing anything, except looking ragged and sickly. Help. I dont want to loose these.


On May 2, 2010, eurotwelve from Seattle, WA wrote:

Planted this in a pot on my patio next to a trellis. It immediately took off and grew up to 12' tall at the tallest point. Since then, it hasn't done much. Most springs it loses a majority of its leaves, and we only get one small batch of pretty ugly flowers. This is after two years being in the pot.

Hopefully it's just a problem of not enough water in the summer, but a Seattle winter should do a fine job keeping it wet... wish we had better results.


On Feb 7, 2010, serpent9 from Millington, TN wrote:

Crossvine leaves are a safe, effective substitute for Ginseng


On Aug 28, 2009, jazzy1okc from Oklahoma City, OK wrote:

I have this vine growing on 1 of 2 trellises that face west and only receive afternoon sun. The foliage cover is thick but very tidy. Over the past 3 years, it has grown up and over the top of an ugly metal shed and consistently outgrows and outblooms the purple leaved honeysuckle growing on the other trellis. Both vines stay green all winter. Before planting, I dug in plenty of compost which I refresh in spring and fall. This may be why it doesn't need constant watering. Once a week in 100+ temps does it. I also give it a shot of organic evergreen fertilizer in early spring and fall and a little liquid acid plant fertilizer after each flush of blooms. This year, a painted bunting stripped the petals off the first flush of blossoms, presumably to get at the nectar, but he hasn't be... read more


On May 25, 2009, ML42 from Indian Trail, NC wrote:

This vine takes a couple of growing seasons to truly take off, but it's worth the wait. I've purchased this plant from Wayside Gardens and Carroll Gardens. Both sent high quality plants.


On Feb 16, 2009, DATURA12 from Fort Worth, TX (Zone 8a) wrote:

This plant is a real winner in my garden. You can also propogate this plant by pegging and cuttings.


On Apr 22, 2008, outdoorlover from Enid, OK (Zone 7a) wrote:

I planted this plant in the late summer of 2006 and it has only had one small bloom since then. It has never been cut back and the vine has grown vigorously since being planted. Maybe it is still getting established??? I would like to see some of those beautiful blooms!


On Mar 20, 2008, stephanotis from Queen Creek, AZ (Zone 8b) wrote:

I bought this vine as a rooted cutting sometime in Fall 2006, and it didn't do much until the following Summer when it took off growing up the stucco column it was up against. There was only one bloom at the very base of the plant, and I was pretty disappointed, especially since there was about 10 feet of vertical topgrowth. It has been in a pot this whole time, and I had to move it from its spot, so I asked alot of questions about cutting it down, moving to another exposure, etc. Another Fall and Winter has come and gone since I cut it down to about 2 1/2', and now that Spring is here there is more new growth and lots of buds. What I did notice, and what nobody told me, is that this vine only blooms on old growth, so everywhere below where I trimmed is covered with fat buds, and nothing b... read more


On Nov 7, 2007, RichNV from Henderson, NV wrote:

This was the first year that I saw this plant at the nursery, so I planted 2 of them this Spring on a south-facing wall. The plants had many flowers in the Spring which were gone by June, then survived the hot desert summer well. Now in early November, flowers have started to appear again. Looks like it will stay green all winter here. We'll see how it handles the cold.


On Apr 5, 2007, Lily_love from Central, AL (Zone 7b) wrote:

This is a slow vine to get established, but once it does... Oh Boys! What a show it'd reward one's patience. The blosoms are abundant, they almost cover all the leaves around them. Invasiveness? Here on zone 7b. I've seen no scattered seedlings in the area in the past 5 years. It's very vigorous grower. It's a triple B's: Big, Beautiful, and Bold. Bloom are long lasting as well. Makes that quadriple B's