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Commonly known as Common trumpet vine
DeciduousDark-green, pinnate leaves, 2.5-10cm (1-4in) long, composed of 7-11 toothed leaflets.
OrangeOrange and scarlet
ClimberSome of these climbing plants will need trellis or wire supports if grown on walls or fences. Other grow aerial roots and are self-clingingVigorous. Produces terminal bunches of 4-12 slender flowers
Hardy - average winterHardy through most of the UK apart from inland valleys, at altitude and central/northerly locations. May suffer foliage damage and stem dieback in harsh winters in cold gardens. Plant can withstand temperatures down to -10°C (14°F)
Against a wallIn colder areas grow against a warm wall in full sun.
Partial shadeCan tolerate some shade in warmer areas.
Additional FeaturesGood to knowSyn. Bignonia radicans. Train and tie in shoots until aerial roots have taken hold. Wildlife plant - nectar and pollen for insects.Pests & DiseasesScale insects, mealy bugs, whiteflies, powdery mildew, leaf spot.Place of originSoutheastern USA.Resistant to honey fungusThese plants have little or few problems with honey fungus.
Flower ShapeTubularTubular-trumpet-shaped flowers 6-8cm (2½-3in)
HardinessFrost hardy (down to -5)
Pruning groupPruning group 8Suitable for: Wall trained shrubs and less vigorous climbers.
Action: For climbers 'spur prune' by cutting back 3-4 buds of the permanent framework. For wall trained shrubs cut back flowered shoots to within 2-4 buds of permanent framework.
When: Annually after flowers if on previous year's growth, or in late Winter or Spring if on current year's growth.
RHS group 12 & 13
Soil ConditionsFertile moist well-drained soil
Buy Varieties of CAMPSIS radicans
bright orange flowers often earlier in the year than the other varieties
deep orange flowers on the outside and orange-red on the inside. Very floriferous
('Flava') - vigorous climber for south facing wall