How to grow Campsis x tagliabuana 'Madame Galen'

Species and cultivars from the Campsis genus are a little hit and miss when it comes to planting in the cooler climates of northern Europe. However the vigour of the hybrid Campsis x tagliabuana 'Madame Galen', is such that it can be considered hardy, especially in the milder regions of southern England and Ireland. Unfortunately in warmer mediterranean and subtropical climates it can grow profusely with underground suckers, and as such can be considered a bit of a garden thug!

Campsis x tagliabuana 'Madam Galen' flowers
The gorgeous, exotic, trumpet-shaped blooms will bring a touch of the exotic to British gardens, and to get the best out of them plant Campsis x tagliabuana 'Madame Galen' in a sheltered position which receives full sun. The protection of a south facing wall will prove to be best although any solid structure will suffice.

It is a woody, climbing vine with mid-green, glossy pinnate leaves and attaches itself to structures by aerial rootlets. It can prove to be quite vigorous so be aware that under favourable conditions Campsis 'Madame Galen' can grow to approximately 8-12 meters tall, with a width of around 2.5-4 metres.

Plant between November and March in a moist, well-drained soil, previously enriched with well-rotted farm manure or garden compost. In warmer climates, Campsis 'Madame Galen' will perform better in poorer soils.

Once Campsis x tagliabuana 'Madame Galen' has established its root system, it will prove to be surprisingly drought resistant. However watering may still be required during periods of extended drought. After planting, cut the stems of new specimens to 15 cm from the ground, as this will stimulate new growth. Train the strongest new shoots, and remove weaker shoots. After 2 or 3 years, a framework will be established, and you should prune back side-shoots to within 2 or 3 shoots of the main stems.

Unruly mature specimens can be cut back in late winter as the new blooms emerge on new growth.

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