trumpet creeper Bignoniaceae Campsis
radicans (L.) Seem. ex Bureau symbol: CARA2
|Leaf: Opposite, pinnately compound, 5 to 13 inches long, 7 to 11 coarsely serrated leaflets, individual leaflets 1 to 3 inches long, shiny dark green above.
Flower: Very attractive, 2 to 3 inch long tubular, orange to red flowers, in clusters, appearing in late summer.
Fruit: Dry pod 3 to 6 inches long, 1 inch wide, each containing large numbers of winged seeds, ripens in early fall.
Twig: Light brown, solid pith, glabrous, leaf scar sunken, small buds, aerial roots in rows.
Bark: Large vines will develop pale brown scaly bark.
Form: Scrambling, climbing vine that develops tangles along fencerows and shrubs. It can climb quite high.
Looks like: Japanese wisteria
- Chinese wisteria
- climbing hydrangea
| Additional Range Information:
Campsis radicans is native to North America.
It is not widely planted. See states reporting trumpet creeper.
| External Links:
USDA Plants Database
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Photos and text by: John Seiler,
Edward Jensen, Alex Niemiera,
and John Peterson