Crossvine (Bignonia capreolata)
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Crossvine is an evergreen vine with glossy leaves and showy trumpet flowers in the spring, which can be in various shades of red and yellow. It tolerates some shade, but it flowers best in full sun. After blooming, 4 to 8” long dark brown, woody seed pods are formed.
Crossvine is an early nectar source for butterflies and hummingbirds. Deer browse it in winter. It also tolerates brief flooding. It can be trained to climb a trellis, cascade over a wall, or spill over rocks. It has average water requirements and prefers well-drained soil. Flowering occurs along the stems on older growth so any pruning should be done right after flowering. Cut back after flowering to maintain height.
As it is the case with many vines, it might get a little too robust if not kept in check and can sucker from the base, the suckers should be removed.
AT A GLANCE
- Texas native
- Drought tolerant
- Full to part sun
- Wildlife value: butterflies, hummingbirds