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Products > Bignonia capreolata 'Tangerine Beauty'
 
Bignonia capreolata 'Tangerine Beauty' - Cross Vine
   

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Habit and Cultural Information
Category: Vine
Family: Bignoniaceae (Bignonias)
Origin: Southeast US (North America)
Evergreen: Yes
Flower Color: Orange
Bloomtime: Spring/Summer
Height: 20-30 feet
Width: 10-20 feet
Exposure: Sun or Shade
Irrigation (H2O Info): Medium Water Needs
Winter Hardiness: 10-15 F
Bignonia capreolata 'Tangerine Beauty' (Cross Vine) - Easy to grow semi-evergreen woody vine that typically grows as high as it has support up to 10 to 20 feet high and has been known to reach 30 feet. It has opposite pairs of leaves that are themselves composed of a pair of 3 to 5 inch long by 1 to 2 inch wide leaflets with a tendril emerging between that is branched with clawed tips that can twist around or clasp narrow or rough objects and even adhere to flat surfaces with the tendril tips becoming adhesive disks, allowing this vine to adhere to nearly any surface. In late spring it provides a floral show with an abundance of trumpet-shaped tangerine-colored blooms followed by sporadic flowering summer into fall. The flowers, clustered at the leaf axils, are 2 inches long with yellow throats surrounded by tangerine-colored tubes. Plant is sun or shade though it flowers best in full to part sun. Water regularly to occasionally when actively growing in the warmer months for best results but this plant can also tolerate wet soils or infrequent irrigation once well established. It is cold hardy to below degrees F and remains mostly evergreen in mild climates. This is a showy vine that is attractive to hummingbirds. In the garden it can grow rapidly up a tree, cover a trellis, pergola, fence, wall or a large rock and performs well in just about any soil condition. It is native to the southern US from Florida north to Maryland and west into the Ohio River Valley and Texas where it is found in wide variety of habitats including forested floodplains, uplands and limestone escarpments. The name for the genus honors Abbe Jean Paul Bignon, the librarian in the court of the French King Louis XV and good friend of the French botanist, Joseph Pitton de Tournefort (1656 - 1708). The specific epithet comes from the Latin word 'capreol' which means "tendril" in reference to these structures on the compound leaves. The common name Crossvine is given this plant because of the pattern seen when a stem is cut transversely. Our thanks go out to late plantsman J.C. Ralston, of University of North Carolina who re-introduced this fine cultivar into the nursery trade in 1999 after trialing it at the arboretum that now bears his name - it had been previously been introduced in the 1950s by Wayside Gardens. Images courtesy of Mr. Greenjeans (Randy Arnowitz).  This description is based on research and observations of this plant as it grows in our nursery, in our nursery garden and in other gardens that we visit. We also incorporate comments received and appreciate getting feedback of any kind from those who have any additional information about this plant, particularly if they disagree with what we have written or if they have additional cultural tips that would aid others in growing Bignonia 'Tangerine Beauty'.
 
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