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‘Tangerine Beauty’ cross vine

Bignonia capreolata 'Tangerine Beauty'

'Tangerine Beauty' cross vine

A better-behaved cousin to the less-than-polite trumpet vine, cross vine is a colorful solution for a fence or arbor with afternoon shade. Although this east Texas native is slow to establish, ‘Tangerine Beauty’ sports brighter, showier flowers than other cultivars and will reward your patience with loads of orange blooms in both spring and fall. Flowers bloom on old wood, so prune this vine immediately only after blooms fade. -Leslie Finical Halleck, Fine Gardening #147 (October 2012), page 74

Noteworthy CharacteristicsProvides hot colors in the shade, and attracts hummingbirds.

CareFlowers on old wood, so only prune immediately after flowering.

PropagationCross vines are best propagated from root cuttings.

  • Genus : Bignonia
  • Zones : 10, 6, 7, 8, 9
  • Characteristics : Attracts Hummingbirds
  • Bloom Time : Fall, Spring
  • Plant Seasonal Interest : Fall Interest
  • Maintenance : Low
  • Light : Partial Shade
  • Foliage Color : Purple/Burgundy
  • Uses : Shade
  • Plant Type : Vines
  • Flower Color : Yellow
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  1. user-7006970 06/02/2014

    You say this vine is better behaved than trumpet vine. I beg to differ. Bignonia sends out millions of underground runners, much like Japanese honeysuckle, that climb their way through anything else it can find. If you plant one vine, I promise you'll see a jumper show up 20 feet away from the source sooner or later. It can grown 35 feet up the side of a brick wall in afternoon sun here in Georgia while sending out runners at the soil line. And frankly, if it's blooms you want, stick with trumpet vine on a pergola or other feature where it's got no chance to mingle with its neighbors, and you can prune it, because it sends out fuller side shoots that crossvine doesn't. Here in Georgia, bignonia blooms in spring, then intermittently through the summer, where trumpet vine gets going in June and keeps it up til September. It might be a native, but I believe that crossvine should be classified as a pest plant. If you're going to plant one, be prepared to spend a lot of time controlling it. There. You've been warned.

  2. user-7007013 06/14/2014

    And to be honest these vines all depend on the SOIL they are in, that's the key .I live on the Texas Gulf coast, our soil is sandy, So these vines do not spread or pose an invasive problem ... Its like with cape honeysuckle, if its in very fertile good soil it also can pose a spreading problem, but mine are beautiful and behaved , I guess that's the up side of having sandy soil, and when I say sandy, I mean white fine beach sand as deep as you can dig...But with the proper prep our plants thrive and adapt and most of all they behave...

  3. user-6236657 09/19/2015

    I've had the old Crossvine for years and in North Texas it is much better behaved than a standard Trumpet Vine. I planted a Madame Galen Trumpet vine a couple of years ago and I knew when I planted it I would have to keep it pruned back a bit. Here in North Texas I think the trumpet vine is much more invasive. I'm sort of on the border between Zones 8a & 8b and I'm sure we get less rainfall than you do. Mine doesn't get watered much. I prune it back a little in the spring so I can get out the back gate. Probably takes 5 minutes. Here I would definitely recommend one of the developed varieties of trumpet vine be planted. The standard one is a weed here.

  4. user-7007949 02/19/2016

    I have a cross vine over a trellis in Austin Texas. The vine consumed the 6x6 overhead space about 9 years ago. This year it is looking stressed. Lots of dead undergrowth and dark spots on a thin leaf population. I was considering cutting it back, But I'm feeling cautious about how much it could tolerate. Any wisdom here about the plants ability to recover from an aggressive pruning? Fertilization? Any advice appreciated.

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