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Bignonia capreolata (photo courtesy of Rob Cardillo)
Bignonia capreolata (photo courtesy of Rob Cardillo)

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Zones 4-9, 14-24, 26-33
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Full, Partial
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Moderate

Bignonia capreolata

Crossvine
Bignoniaceae
Evergreen, Vines, Semi-evergreen

Vigorous and showy, this woody Southern native can climb to 60 ft. by tendrils and holdfast disks, attaching itself to almost any surface. Each shiny, dark green leaf consists of two 2–6-in. leaflets and a branching tendril. Leaves turn purplish in cold weather, and some drop in the coldest zones. Clustered, 2-in., trumpet-shaped reddish brown to orange or scarlet flowers appear in midspring, with intermittent summer bloom. ‘Dragon Lady’ has rich red blooms. ‘Jekyll’ has slightly smaller flowers that are yellow on the inside, orange on the outside. ‘Tangerine Beauty’ is a bright orange-red selection. The genus Bignonia once included many more vines with trumpet-shaped flowers, but taxononomists have moved them into Campsis, Clytostoma, Distictis, Macfadyena, and Pyrostegia.

Do any thinning or cutting back before spring growth begins. Crossvines can spread aggressively by stolons. Crossvines are especially pretty when cloaking a sturdy trellis over an entry gate. Or train them over arbors.

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