Trumpet Vine

While we love that this vine is so vigorous, it can become invasive so plant with caution.

Colorful Combinations

Compound leaves composed of deep green leaflets create an emerald backdrop for the trumpet vine, which comes in various shades of orange, yellow, and red. Once trumpet vines begin blooming, they can continue their show all summer long. Hummingbirds delight in trumpet vines and their blooms and are frequent visitors.

Trumpet Vine Care Must-Knows

Trumpet vine thrives on neglect, preferring poor soil to rich, organic soil. Planting in soil with excess nutrients tends to put on too much green leafy growth, and the vine won't focus on flowering. For the best growth, plant trumpet vine in full sun. This encourages deep green foliage and an abundance of flowers. While trumpet vine can grow in part sun, it's usually not recommended because it will use its energy to ramble instead of produce flowers. Once trumpet vine is established, it grows well and can even handle drought.

Vigorous Vines

Trumpet vine is vigorous, bordering on invasive. It climbs by way of aerial rootlets that cling to just about anything, including siding. It should not be allowed to climb on your home or any structure near a house. The stems can become very large and woody with age and crush and contort the base of anything they grow on. Trumpet vine also spreads with underground runners that spring up around the main plant. Be sure to keep the runners under control; otherwise, they can form dense thickets that choke out less vigorous plants in the garden.

After trumpet vine finishes blooming, it grows large seed pods reminiscent of giant green beans that burst open and drop many seeds. Those seeds can spread trumpet vine all over your garden. Remove these pods before they fully ripen to reduce the chance of a trumpet vine takeover.

More Varieties of Trumpet Vine

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Trumpet Vine Overview

Description These rugged plants will put on loads of bright trumpetlike blossoms but are considered invasive by some. Fast-growing trumpet vine spreads by numerous means—from runners, suckers, and seed—and can quickly take over a structure.
Genus Name Campsis
Common Name Trumpet Vine
Plant Type Vine
Light Sun
Height 8 to 20 feet
Width null to 30 feet
Flower Color Orange, Red, Yellow
Foliage Color Blue/Green
Season Features Fall Bloom, Summer Bloom
Special Features Attracts Birds
Zones 5, 6, 7, 8, 9
Propagation Layering, Seed, Stem Cuttings
Problem Solvers Drought Tolerant
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Common trumpet vine

Campsis radicans common trumpet vine
Bill Stites

Campsis radicans is the wild form with orange flowers all summer and into fall. Zones 5-9

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'Mme. Galen' trumpet vine

Campsis 'Mme. Galen' trumpet vine
Andrew Drake

Campsis 'Mme. Galen' bears large clusters of orange-red blooms on a vigorous plant. Zones 5-9

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Summer snowfall trumpet vine

Trumpet Vine red orange flowers
Marty Baldwin

Campsis 'Takarazuka Variegated' offers clusters of orange-red trumpet-shaped blooms and white-splashed foliage. Zones 5-9

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Yellow trumpet vine

Yellow trumpet vine
Jay Wilde

Campsis radicans f. flava bears lots of golden-yellow blooms against dark green foliage. It climbs to 30 feet or more. Zones 5-9

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