|THE TRUMPET VINE - Campsis species and hybrids|
The exotic Campsis - more commonly known as the trumpet vine or trumpet creeper, is a genus of two species of deciduous climbing shrubs. One of which is hardy while the other is not reliably so. They are both vigorous with a somewhat vertical habit and are usually grown on walls where they are helpfully self-clinging. Of course, you will need to supply some suitable apparatus for them to cling onto.
It has mid-green, pinnate leaves and is the least hardy of the two species.
It produces 3 inch long trumpet-shaped flowers - hence the name - coloured deep orange to red.
These flowers are borne in August and September.
It is the hardier of the two species, and can grow to a very impressive 40 ft in height.
Slightly different to its grandiflora cousin, campsis radicans produces a significant number of aerial roots.
It has light-green pinnate leaves, and scarlet/orange trumpet shaped flowers.
These flowers slightly differ to Campsis grandiflora as they are more tubular and less wide at the mouth.
Campsis × tagliabuana 'Madame Galen'
|Campsis × tagliabuana 'Madame Galen'|
Madame Galen produces trumpet-shaped, orange to red flowers up to 3 in long that appear in loose clusters of 6 to 12. Like its parents, it is a woody, climbing, perennial vine that attaches itself to structures and climbs vigorously with aerial roots.
It bears dark-green deciduous leaves up to a foot long. Its flowers are very attractive to bees, butterflies and birds. It is such a good plant that it has gained the Royal Horticultural Society's Award of Garden Merit.
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