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Trumpet Vine

Trumpet vine is a woody, clinging vine which attaches itself to structures by aerial rootlets. It can rapidly grow to 30 to 40 feet high. Terminal clusters of 2 to 3 inch long, red trumpet-shaped flowers attract hummingbirds throughout the summer.

Botanical name: 
Campsis radicans
All Common Names: 
Trumpet Vine, Trumpetcreeper, Trumpet creeper
Family (English): 
Bignonia
Family (Botanic): 
Bignoniaceae
Tree or Plant Type: 
  • Vine
Foliage: 
  • Deciduous (foliage falls off)
Native Locale: 
  • Illinois
  • North America
Hardiness Zones: 
  • Zone 4
  • Zone 5
  • Zone 6
  • Zone 7
  • Zone 8
  • Zone 9
Growth Rate: 
  • Fast
Light Exposure: 
  • Full sun (6 hrs direct light daily)
  • Partial sun (4-6 hrs direct light daily)
  • Partial shade (4-6 hrs indirect light daily)
Tolerances: 
  • Dry sites
  • Occasional drought
  • Wet sites
  • Alkaline soil
  • Road salt
Soil Preference: 
  • Alkaline soil
  • Moist, well-drained soil
Flower Color & Fragrance: 
  • Orange
  • Red
  • Yellow
Shape or Form: 
  • Spreading
  • Upright
Landscape Uses: 
  • Specimen
  • Screen
Time of Year: 
  • Mid summer
  • Late summer
More Information: 

Size

This 30  to 40 foot climbing, rambling vine attaches by aerial rootlets.
Vine can be aggressive and rampant.

Tree & Plant Care

A strong trellis or structure needed to support vine.
Flowers on new wood, plants can be cut back to a few buds in the spring.

Disease, pests, and problems

No serious problems

Native geographic location and habitat

Native to the southern United States up into the Midwest.

Attracts birds & butterflies

Flowers attract hummingbirds, butterflies.

Bark color and texture 

Stems are light brown with aerial rootlets growing out of them.

Leaf or needle arrangement, size, shape, and texture

Opposite,  pinnately compound leaves can reach 6 to 15 inches long.
Shiny green leaves are coarsely toothed.

Flower arrangement, shape, and size

Clusters (terminal cymes) of red, orange or yellow trumpet-shaped flowers up to 3 inches long bloom throughout the summer.

Fruit, cone, nut, and seed descriptions

3 to 5 inch long,  bean-like seed pods split open releasing numerous 2-winged seeds for dispersal by the wind.