Deciduous Vines

Trumpet creeper

Landscape Significance

Trumpet creeper is one of the best plants for attracting hummingbirds as it produces quantities of nectar rich blossoms all summer long.

It can also provide a thicket in which many birds love to nest and forage.

The invasive nature of the plant makes it hard to get rid of once it is established so is best used in woodland gardens and natural areas where it has space to grow..

Trumpet Creeper (Campsis radicans)
This photo was taken at Hyams Garden Center, Charleston, SC. 

Campsis radicans is native to the southeastern and Gulf Coast region of the United States where it grows along fences and at the edge of woodlands. The trumpet creeper is a fast growing, high climbing deciduous woody vine. The vine has aerial roots along the stems that attach tightly to surfaces. Once the vine climbs to a certain height it grows horizontal branches looking for light and space. Showy clusters of yellow orange to red trumpet-shaped flowers first appear in summer and are produced continuously until early autumn.

Trumpet Vine climbs to 30 feet or more when support is available and prefers full sun. No serious pests are normally seen on the plant. Leaf spot caused by various fungi is not a serious problem.

Warning!Its common name cow-itch vine refers to the plant's ability to produce a skin irritant. Contact may result in redness, burning and itching in susceptible individuals.

Identifying characteristics

Pinnately compound leaves 4-12 in long cover the vine in dense bright green foliage. The leaves are composed of 7-15 oval opposite leaflets that have serrated edges and are 1-4 in long and 0.5-1.5 in wide. The tubular flower buds are 3 - 4 in long and are followed by seed capsules 4-8 in long that often hang on the vine through the winter.

More information on vines is available at the Clemson Home Garden Informaton Center: Clemson HGIC - Vines

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