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'Tangerine Beauty' Crossvine

Bignonia capreolata 'Tangerine Beauty'

'Tangerine Beauty' Crossvine is the perfect native vine for covering large fences, arbors, and pergolas. Its trumpet shaped flowers open in the spring to coincide with the hummingbird migration. Hardy in zones 6 through 9.

 

Tangerine Beauty Crossvine (Bignonia capreolata 'Tangerine Beauty') blooming profusely in early May

 

 

Pot size: 4.5 in. wide x 5 in. deep (32 fl. oz)

12 - 18 in. tall

 

 

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Habit

  • Fast growing, climbing 20 to 40 ft. or more
  • Self-clings to masonry and wood
  • Can be planted as far as 8 to 12 ft. apart for complete coverage in 3 to 4 years
  • In warmer areas (zone 7 and above) the leaves are evergreen and turn purple in the fall, remaining attractive throughout the winter.

    How to Grow

  • Well-drained to moist soil
  • Sun to part shade – at least 6 hours of direct sun for optimal flowering
  • Crossvine grows fastest in moist soils, but is very adaptable and, once established, will tolerate drought and flooding. Overgrown plants can be pruned after flowering in spring to avoid losing next year's flowers.

    Where to plant

  • Large arbors and pergolas
  • Looks stunning cascading over chain-linked fences
  • Up large trees
  • Though not invasive, it needs plenty of space to spread out and look its best. For less vigorous vines, try Coral Honeysuckle or Curly Clematis.

    Wildlife

    The flowers are pollinated by:

  • Hummingbirds
  • Bumble bees
  • Larval host plant for:

  • Rustic sphinx moth
  • Native habitat and range

    In the wild, Bignonia caperolata grows in:

  • Swamp forests and moist woods
  • Maryland and southern Ohio, south into central Florida and eastern Texas
  • Source and origin

    Tangerine Beauty is a wild form of Crossvine that was selected over 60 years ago for its heavy flowering and stunning tangerine-colored flowers. Plants are propagated from cuttings here at the nursery.

    Comments

    Named Crossvine because of the way a cut stem displays a cross shaped pattern.

    Propagation

    Cuttings taken during the summer usually root in 4 to 6 weeks.