Monday, August 1, 2011

Crossvine

Looking for a fast-growing, colorful vine to brighten up a chain-link or wooden fence?  Consider crossvine, Bignonia capreolata.  A showy Florida native, crossvine features 2-inch orange red trumpet shaped flowers that attract hummingbirds and butterflies alike.  Fragrant flowers appear in early spring and bloom into the summer.  Leaves are waxy, evergreen, and 3 to 5 inches long.  The vine is cold hardy throughout Florida.  Crossvine climbs with twining tendrils having adhesive discs at the tips.  It can easily climb the trunk of a tall pine or quickly cover a trellis.

Crossvine will thrive under a variety of conditions and soil types.  Plant in full sun for best flowering.  Water occasionally until established.  Mature plants are drought tolerant and require little care.  Flowers are borne on new wood.  Propagation is by seed in flattened pod-like pendants.  Several cultivars of crossvine are available each with its own unique flower color. 

Visit your garden center and make crossvine a part of your landscape palette.
For more information, visit: leon.ifas.ufl.edu.