Campsis radicans

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Trumpet-vine, Trumpet Creeper


Plant Specifics

Size:Climbing to 50-60 ft. 
Life Span:Long-lived perennial
Flower Color:Orange,red
Fruit Color:Brown
Phenology:Deciduous (north) to evergreen (south). Blooms in spring and summer.
Noted for:Showy flowers


Recommended Uses:Plant this vine where it has support and where its showy flowers are visible. Climbs with aerial roots which can damage brick and stucco, so best allowed to climb trees, poles, trellises and similar structures.
Considerations:This is a fast growing vine. It also layers and suckers. These characteristics can make it weedy. It climbs by means of aerial rootlets, which can damage wood, stone, and brick.
Propagation:Seed or transplants.
Availability:Friends, Native nurseries
Light: Full Sun,  Part Shade
Moisture Tolerance:
always floodedextremely dry
 (Usually moist, occasional inundation ----- to ----- Somewhat long very dry periods)
Moisture Tolerance: Usually moist, occasional inundation ----- to ----- Somewhat long very dry periods
Salt Water Flooding Tolerance:Not salt tolerant of inundation by salty or brackish water.
Salt Spray/ Salty Soil Tolerance:Some tolerance to salty wind but not direct salt spray.
Soil or other substrate:Clay, Loam, Sand
Soil pH:Slightly acidic to neutral



Very attractive to hummingbirds which are its primary pollinators. 


Larval host for the plebeian sphinx (Paratraea plebeja) moth.

Native Habitats:Dry-moist sites. Riverine forests, mesic & dry mesic hammock especially where disturbed.

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:

While somewhat overly aggressive, it can be controlled. The author allows it to climb palm trees but pulls them off the tree to limit their size every 3-5 years.

Climbs using tendrils with adhesive disks.