Trumpet Creeper (Campsis radicans)

Common names:
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Botanical names:
Campsis radicans Accepted
Campsis radicans var. minor Synonym
Tecoma radicans Synonym
Campsis radicans var. praecox Synonym

General Plant Information (Edit)
Plant Habit: Vine
Life cycle: Perennial
Sun Requirements: Full Sun
Full Sun to Partial Shade
Water Preferences: Mesic
Dry Mesic
Dry
Soil pH Preferences: Slightly acid (6.1 – 6.5)
Neutral (6.6 – 7.3)
Minimum cold hardiness: Zone 4a -34.4 °C (-30 °F) to -31.7 °C (-25 °F)
Maximum recommended zone: Zone 10a
Plant Height: 30 feet
Plant Spread: 30 feet
Leaves: Deciduous
Fruit: Other: brown dry pod-like capsule
Fruiting Time: Late summer or early fall
Fall
Late fall or early winter
Winter
Flowers: Showy
Blooms on new wood
Flower Color: Orange
Bloom Size: 2"-3"
Flower Time: Summer
Late summer or early fall
Uses: Windbreak or Hedge
Wildlife Attractant: Butterflies
Hummingbirds
Resistances: Drought tolerant
Propagation: Seeds: Needs specific temperature
Days to germinate: 30 to 90
Other info: self seeds - can be invasive and difficult to eradicate
Propagation: Other methods: Cuttings: Stem
Layering
Pollinators: Various insects
Containers: Not suitable for containers
Miscellaneous: Tolerates poor soil
Monoecious

Trumpet Vine on strong Arbor in flower.

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By dave on June 21, 2014

Today we open Vines and Climbers week by giving a list of the top 25 vines in our database, judged by how many contributions have been made to the various plant entries. Enjoy the list!

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Location: Cedar Rapids, IADate: 2016-08-02Spectacular, massive trumpet vine.
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Location: central IllinoisDate: 2010-07-15
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Location: Zone 5Date: 2015-08-08
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Date: 2012-04-15Contents of one seed pod
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Location: TennesseeDate: 2006-06-07Steven J. Baskauf http://bioimages.vanderbilt.edu/
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Location: central IllinoisDate: 2010-07-23Hummer
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Location: central IllinoisDate: 2014-07-10
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Location: Woodbridge , VaDate: 2018-07-12
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Location: central IllinoisDate: 2018-07-27#pollination - Humming Bird
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Location: Austin ,TXDate: 2012-03-19Arbor over gate
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Location: central IllinoisDate: 9-3-2012#pollination
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Location: My garden in Kalama, Wa. Zone 8Date: 2012-08-07
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Location: My garden in Kalama, Wa. Zone 8Date: 2012-08-07
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Location: My YardDate: 2015-06-28
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Location: central IllinoisDate: 2016-01-06interior of seed pod
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Location: ILDate: 2012-06-23
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Location: ILDate: 2004-07-17
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Location: My garden in Kalama, Wa. Zone 8Date: 2012-08-07
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Location: Indiana  Zone 5Date: 2012-09-01
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Location: Indiana  Zone 5Date: 2012-09-01
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Location: Indiana  Zone 5Date: 2012-09-01coming up 10 foot from mother plant
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Location: TennesseeDate: 2006-06-07Steven J. Baskauf http://bioimages.vanderbilt.edu/
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Location: central IllinoisDate: summer 2005
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Location: central IllinoisDate: 2013-08-04
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Location: central IllinoisDate: 2013-08-06
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Location: central IllinoisDate: 2013-08-04
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Location: My GardenDate: 2014-05-13
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Date: 2014-07-27
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Location: central IllinoisDate: 2013-08-31Why it's referred to as the Hummingbird Vine
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Location: central IllinoisDate: 2015-10-24
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Location: austria / Wiener NeustadtDate: 2014-12-03
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Location: ILDate: 2011-10-10Pretty fall color changes some years.
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Location: Woodbridge , VaDate: 06-27-16
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Location: Winter Springs, FL zone 9bDate: 2018-06-17Wild vine growing in wooded area where I walk
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Location: Natural Area in Northeastern IndianaDate: 2011-09-30Showing A Bit Of Fall Coloration - Can Be Invasive
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Location: Natural Area in Northeastern IndianaDate: 2011-09-28
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Location: Natural Area in Northeastern Indiana Date: 2010-07-06Can Be Invasive
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Location: Kalama, Wa.Date: 2009-07-25
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Location: central IllinoisDate: 2010-07-23Hummer
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Location: central IllinoisDate: summer 2006
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Location: Pike Co., Il.Date: 2009-07-18wild in an old quarry
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Location: Kalama, WaDate: 2009-07-25
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Location: Kalama, WaDate: 2009-07-25
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Location: Kalama, WaDate: 2009-07-25
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Location: Fountain, FloridaDate: 2012-05-22
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Location: Fountain, FloridaDate: 2012-05-22
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Location: Fountain, FloridaDate: 2012-05-22
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Location: Fountain, FloridaDate: 2012-05-22
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Location: Fountain, FloridaDate: 2012-05-22
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Location: My garden in Kalama, Wa. Zone 8Date: 2012-08-07
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Location: central IllinoisDate: 2013-07-13
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Location: central IllinoisDate: 2010-09-09
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Location: central IllinoisDate: 2014-11-01
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Location: Southeastern IowaDate: 2011-07-03
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Location: austria / Wiener NeustadtDate: 2015-05-06
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Location: central IllinoisDate: 2016-11-06
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Location: Philadelphia, PennsylvaniaDate: July of 2003vine on trellis
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Location: Downingtown, PennsylvaniaDate: 2010-07-11vine next to house
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Location: Norristown, Pennsylvania at zooDate: 2012-08-04vine on trellis
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Location: Aurora, IllinoisDate: winter in 1980'sstems and aerial roots
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Location: Downingtown, PennsylvaniaDate: 2014-10-24vine on telephone pole in fall
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Location: Downingtown, PennsylvaniaDate: 2011-07-17summer compound leaves
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Location: central IllinoisDate: 2018-06-19juvenile root
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Posted by jmorth (central Illinois) on Nov 7, 2011 4:08 AM

A woody tall growing vine that is very attractive and does entice hummingbirds to flowers. One needs to weigh the positives and negatives when considering this plant. Hard to eradicate.

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Posted by SongofJoy (Clarksville, TN - Zone 6b) on Jan 19, 2012 10:17 AM

Trumpet Creeper, a perennial vine, has 3-inch long, striking, trumpet-shaped, red or orange flowers in mid to late summer followed by decorative pods in the fall. It takes sun and any soil. Trumpet creeper, a very strong grower, is a great choice for adorning a fence, trellis, or mailbox in an informal setting.

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Posted by gardengus (Indiana Zone 5b) on Sep 1, 2012 11:10 AM

I have grown this vine and the hummingbirds do love it, along with many flying insects. HOWEVER I would recommend not putting it within 12 feet of any flower or vegetable bed. It sends up starts everywhere and never stops.
I tried shovel root pruning. This reduced the number, but did not stop it from producing starts.

Can be destroyed (eaten) by goats. They eat all the leaves until the plant starves to death.

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Posted by Cat ( IN - Zone 5b) on Apr 9, 2014 8:05 PM

Be sure you do not plant it too close to a foundation. It is very hard to kill. I planted it and a year or so later moved the plant. It is still growing in the original location more than 5 years later.

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Posted by ILPARW (southeast Pennsylvania - Zone 6b) on Feb 5, 2018 7:44 PM

The Common Trumpetcreeper grows in various upland and bottomland sites from southern New England & New York down to southern Florida into eastern Texas up to eastern Nebraska through northern Illinois and southern Michigan into the southeast tip of Ontario. It is one of those woody vines (lianas) that climb by aerial rootlets onto wood, stone, brick, etc. and can also be a groundcover. It is very fast growing up to 10 feet/year and is very rampant growing. Its fibrous, deep root system also produces long underground runners. It is a beautiful plant with great flowers good for hummingbirds. However, since it is so aggressive and powerful, it is best grown on a stout trellis or fence away from everything else; best with some lawn around it. It is sold by some conventional, mail order, and native nurseries and is occasionally found in average yards in eastern North America.

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