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Bignonia capreolata

Featured Plant Category: Focal point, Pollinator Plants

Mature Height: Vining

Container Size: 1 Gallon

Bloom Time: March to May

Bloom Color: Orange-Red

Soil Moisture: Medium

Soil Type: Average, medium, well-drained.

Light Requirements: Full sun to part shade

Hardiness Zone: 5,6,7,8,9

Other Names: Bignonia capreolata

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Crossvine (Bignonia capreolata) is a semi-evergreen vine that grows naturally in swampy forests and woodlands. The leaves are dark green in summer, turning to a reddish-purple in winter when it may also loose its leaves entirely in the northern parts of its range. When the stem is cut, a pattern resembling a Greek cross is revealed, hence the common name Crossvine. It tolerates some shade, but it flowers best in full sun. The showy, two-tone orange-red, trumpet-shaped flowers bloom in clusters of 2-5 and frequently produce a mocha fragrance. Blooming from March to May, it is an excellent early-season nectar source for native pollinators, and its trumpet-shaped flowers often attract hummingbirds. Crossvine is a larval host to the Gray Hairstreak Butterfly (shown above). Root suckers should be removed if spread is not desired; prune after flowering if needed to maintain shape and encourage next spring’s blooms.


Additional information

Mature Height


Container Size

1 Gallon

Bloom Time

March to May

Bloom Color


Soil Moisture


Soil Type

Average, medium, well-drained.

Light Requirements

Full sun to part shade

Hardiness Zone


Other Names

Bignonia capreolata

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