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CAMPSIS grandiflora

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David Creech

Family

Bignoniaceae

Botanical Name

CAMPSIS grandiflora

Plant Common Name

Chinese Trumpet Creeper, Chinese Trumpet Vine

General Description

Chinese trumpet creeper is a vigorous deciduous woody vine with trumpet-shaped flowers in late summer. This China native has attractive glossy dark green leaves. The large dark orange to red flowers form on stem tips and dangle, attracting hummingbirds.

Chinese trumpet creeper is not too difficult to grow. It will succeed in average garden soils that are freely draining but stay moist, and will adapt and grow even in fairly poor soil and in compacted or small pockets of ground. For maximum flowering, full to partial sun is needed, but this vine will grow in all but the deepest of shade. This vine becomes heavy and needs a strong support. It can collapse to the ground under its own weight and will overwhelm and shade out a small tree. Use it on a large and sturdy arbor or trellis or on a building wall with support cabling. The cultivar 'Morning Calm' has apricot or peach-colored flowers.

Chinese trumpet creeper is not as vigorous as its cousin, the North American native trumpet vine (Campsis radicans).

Characteristics

  • AHS Heat Zone

    9 - 7

  • USDA Hardiness Zone

    7 - 9

  • Sunset Zone

    4, 5, 6, 7, 8, 9, 10, 11, 12, 13, 14, 15, 16, 17, 18, 19, 20, 21, 22, 23, 24

  • Plant Type

    Vine/Liana

  • Sun Exposure

    Full Sun, Partial Sun, Partial Shade

  • Height

    20'-30' / 6.1m - 9.1m

  • Width

    6'-10' / 1.8m - 3.0m

  • Bloom Time

    Late Summer, Early Fall

  • Native To

    China

Growing Conditions

  • Soil pH

    Acidic, Neutral, Alkaline

  • Soil Drainage

    Average

  • Soil type

    Clay, Loam, Sand

  • Tolerances

    Pollution, Drought, Soil Compaction

  • Growth Rate

    Fast

  • Water Requirements

    Drought Tolerant, Average Water

  • Habit

    Vining/Climbing

  • Seasonal Interest

    Spring, Summer, Fall

Ornamental Features

  • Flower Interest

    Showy

  • Flower Color

    Red, Orange, Orange Red

  • Flower Color Modifier

    Bicolor

  • Fruit Color

    Brown

  • Foliage Color (Spring)

    Dark Green

  • Foliage Color (Summer)

    Dark Green

  • Foliage Color (Fall)

    Yellow Green

  • Bark Color

    Brown

  • Fragrant Flowers

    No

  • Fragrant Fruit

    No

  • Fragrant Foliage

    No

  • Bark or Stem Fragrant

    No

  • Flower Petal Number

    Single

  • Repeat Bloomer

    Yes

  • Showy Fruit

    Yes

  • Edible Fruit

    No

  • Showy Foliage

    Yes

  • Foliage Texture

    Medium

  • Foliage Sheen

    Glossy

  • Evergreen

    No

  • Showy Bark

    No

Special Characteristics

  • Bark Texture

    Smooth

  • Usage

    Topiary / Bonsai / Espalier, Vine

  • Sharp or Has Thorns

    No

  • Invasive

    Sometimes

  • Attracts

    Birds, Hummingbirds

  • Self-Sowing

    No