Cross Vine -Bignonia capreolata
Crossvine can be a wonderful addition to any home's landscape and exterior decor. Bignonia capreolata is also known as The Tangerine Beauty Crossvine for a good reason. This fast-growing vine will add bright, vibrant color to any landscape with its tangerine colored blooms that blossom throughout late spring and summer seasons. During winter months, the semi-evergreen leaves change from a dark green to reddish-purple. The blooms of this plant are one of its most pleasing aspects. The orange-red, trumpet-shaped flowers can reach sizes of 2 inches long and 1 1/2 inches in width. The flowers hang in clusters of 2 to five and attract various forms of wildlife including hummingbirds, bees, and other insects. With its beautiful colors and attraction to wildlife, Crossvine can provide hours of enjoyment for the entire family. Crossvine is also a remarkably vigorous plant with a zone 6 hardy rating and is highly adaptable to growing in various climates and conditions. It thrives best with regular weekly watering, but in hotter climates, more frequent watering will be required. Reaching heights of up to 50 feet, Crossvine offers a variety of landscaping solutions and can add lots of curb appeal to any home's exterior. Crossvine attaches itself to surfaces using tendrils with claws at the end of each one. These tendrils allow the plant to attach itself to stone, brick, and fences without support making it ideal for adding privacy and decoration to patios, fences, and windows. The Tangerine Beauty Crossvine also makes a great landscaping tool as a container, espalier, and is an excellent choice for a wildlife garden. This hardy vine can grow and thrive in a variety of soil types including acidic or calcareous soils, sandy, sandy loam, and clay. For maximum growth and development, Crossvine should be planted in full sun, but Crossvine can also grow well in partially shaded areas as well.