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Trumpet creeper

Campsis radicans

KAMP-sis RAD-ih-kanz Audio

Campsis radicans var. flava

Trumpet creeper is a vigorous climber with clusters of  trumpet-shaped orange to red flowers from late summer to autumn.

Noteworthy CharacteristicsNeeds a strong support and room to grow. May take several years to flower. Attracts hummingbirds. Native to the southeastern U.S.

CareGrows well in poor soil. Train young shoots onto a trellis. Where borderline hardy, plant against a south facing wall. Very adaptable.

PropagationSow seed in autumn in a cold frame. Root leaf-bud cuttings in spring or semi-ripe cuttings in summer.

ProblemsFungal leaf spots, powdery mildew, scale, mealybugs, and whiteflies.

  • Genus : Campsis
  • Plant Height : 30 feet or more
  • Zones : 5, 6, 7, 8, 9
  • Moisture : Adaptable
  • Characteristics : Attracts Hummingbirds, Showy Seed Heads
  • Bloom Time : Fall, Late Summer, Summer
  • Growth Rate : Fast, Moderate
  • Light : Full Sun to Partial Shade
  • Maintenance : Moderate
  • Flower Color : Red, Yellow
  • Plant Seasonal Interest : Summer Interest
  • Plant Type : Vines
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  1. user-4711274 04/11/2016

    INVASIVE ALERT! This plant spreads via an underground root system. Once established, very hard to control as the root system can go as deep as two feet. Pulling shoots causes the stem to break just below ground level. Keep this plant in a pot and check regularly for escaping roots from the drainage holes.

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