crossvine Bignoniaceae Bignonia capreolata
Leaf:Opposite, compound with only two leaflets, evergreen (or nearly so), ovate to lanceolate, entire margins, 3 to 5 inches long, rachis ends with a branched tendril, dark green in summer, bronze red in winter.
Flower:Attractive, tube like, flaring and spreading at the ends, 2 inches long, reddish brown on outside, and brighter and orange to yellow on the inside, appears in spring.
Fruit:Long (4 to 7 inches), slender, flat capsule, brown containing numerous winged seeds, matures in late summer.
Twig:gray-brown somewhat square, cross-section reveals a cross pattern, numerous tendrils with suction cups on ends.
Bark:Gray-brown, becoming finely scaly with longitudinal splits.
Form:A high climbing, twining vine with tendrils.