Bignonia capreolata

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Plant Specifics

Size:Climbing vine to 50 ft
Life Span:Long-lived perennial
Flower Color:Yellow,orange
Fruit Color:Brown
Phenology:Partially deciduous (north) to evergreen (south). Blooms in spring. Lifespan: 60+ years.
Noted for:Showy flowers


Recommended Uses:Tall climbing vine. Works well on a trellis and can also be allowed to grow up trees. High-climbing, twining, clings by tendrils.
Considerations:Its fast growth habit will need to be controlled in a small garden.
Propagation:Seed (no pre-treatment is required).
Availability:Native nurseries, FNPS plant sales
Light: Full Sun,  Part Shade,  Shade
Moisture Tolerance:
always floodedextremely dry
 (Usually moist, occasional inundation ----- to ----- Not wet but not extremely dry)
Moisture Tolerance: Usually moist, occasional inundation ----- to ----- Not wet but not extremely dry
Salt Water Flooding Tolerance:Not salt tolerant of inundation by salty or brackish water.
Salt Spray/ Salty Soil Tolerance:Low/no tolerance of salty wind or direct salt spray
Soil or other substrate:Loam, Sand
Soil pH:



Attracts some butterflies, but mainly hummingbirds as pollinators.

Native Habitats:Moist hammocks, dry hammocks, dry hardwood forests

Distribution and Planting Zones

Natural Range in Florida
USDA Zones

Suitable to grow in:
8A 8B 9A 9B 

USDA zones are based on minimum winter temperatures


General Comments:

To see how crossvine gets its common name, cut a mature stem and you'll see that the pith is cross-shaped.

Climbs using tendrils with adhesive disks.