AZ Arboretums

Campsis radicans
(Bignonia radicans)

Fremont cottonwood

Common: Common trumpet creeper, Trumpet vine, Virginia creeper
Family: Bignoniaceae
Origin: Native to eastern United States
Temperature: Most used in cold areas. Deep freeze will kill to ground but new stems grow quickly
Light: Full sun or partial shade
Soil: Most soils
Water: Moderate water

Use for large scale effects, quick summer screen. Espalier plant, quick climber. Excellent screening plant.

Grows fast to 40 ft or more; sometimes become too heavy and pull away from supporting surface. Can be trained as big shrub or flowering hedge if branches are shortened after first year's growth.

Vigorous climbers sold as ornamental but soon escapes to become a high climbing problem. Leaves divided into 9-11 toothed leaflets, 2 1/2 in. long. Dark green foliage.

Flowers grow in clusters of 6-12. Trumpet shaped flowers are 3 inch long orange tubes that flare to 2 inches wide. Appear from late spring until autumn. Blossoms are replaced by bean-shaped pods, dark green and 6-8 inches in length. Pods turn brown by early winter.

Will spread through garden and into neighbor's yard by suckering roots. If you try to dig it up, any remaining piece of root will grow another plant. Attracts hummingbirds and large yellow and black bumblebees.