Sun? Shade? Need A Vine? Plant Crossvine!

Crossvine
Crossvine

Crossvine

Crossvine, Bignonia capreolata,  is an excellent vibrant choice for both sun, part sun or areas that have a lot of shade.  This evergreen vine is perfect to plant  where you want a vine that is low maintenance and blooms repeatedly.   The blooms are beautiful orange – yellow tubular blooms, and no surprise, is a hit with the hummingbirds.  The Crossvine have a nice dark green leaf and are drought tolerant once established.   The blooms can be quite showy and are simply beautiful.  They bloom more in the full sun but as you can see from the photo above, bloom abundantly in the full shade as well.  The above photo is taken out front here at the nursery and it is barely filtered light if any at all.  The Crossvine do not grow incredibly thick/dense like some of the other vines, something I personally like about them.  You can direct them easily to grow up or down or across by simply moving the tendrils where you want the vine to grow.  They do need something to grow on to- a trellis or fence or panel, as they are not self attaching.

Crossvine

Crossvine

 The above photo is a frontal shot of the fence line at the nusery which is in our shade bed.  I tried to get a photograph of the hummingbirds with the blooms but was not able to get a good photo.  They live in the tree which is right next to this fence and zip down all the time and “work over” the blooms.

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