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Question: I saw the Tangerine Crossvine article in Southern Living magazine and fell instantly in love with the plant. It seems too good to be true. Are there any unexpected "down sides" to this vine ,,,i.e. excessive bees? Messy after bloom?

Also, in my area, how long would it stay in full bloom? Lastly, if I am thinking about growing this vine over an arbor (small one over a gate) how many plants would I need to start with and how long can I expect it to take before I have a nicely blanketed arbor?

Answer: The crossvine (Bignonia capreolata) is a very large fast growing vine and would quickly overwhelm a small gate arbor. It reaches thirty feet quickly and can also travel over the ground, so it is better used in a large space. The blooms last for a few weeks in the spring, then it might throw a flower or two once in a while the rest of the summer. As with any plant that flowers, bees will be attracted to it.

Since you have a small trellis, you might consider a clematis or a rose instead.

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