San Marcos GrowersSan Marcos Growers
New User?
Wholesale Login
Enter Password
Home Products Purchase Gardens About Us Resources Contact Us
 Web Site Search
Plant Database
Search by Plant Name
  General Plant Info
Search for any word
  Advanced Search >>
Search by size, origins,
color, cultural needs, etc.
Site Map
Retail Locator
Plant Listings

PLANT TYPE
PLANT GEOGRAPHY
PLANT INDEX
ALL PLANT LIST
PLANT IMAGE INDEX
PLANT INTROS
SPECIALTY CROPS
NEW  2014 PLANTS
PRIME LIST>
  for SEPTEMBER


 Weather Station

 
Products > Combretum fruticosum
 
Combretum fruticosum - Orange Flame Vine
  

[2nd Image]
Habit and Cultural Information
Category: Vine
Family: Combretaceae (Combretum, Mangos)
Origin: Tropical America
Evergreen: Yes
Flower Color: Orange
Bloomtime: Summer/Fall
Height: Climbing (Vine)
Width: Spreading
Exposure: Full Sun
Irrigation (H2O Info): Medium Water Needs
Winter Hardiness: 15-20 F
Combretum fruticosum (Orange Flame Vine) - This unique bushy evergreen vine can grow supported to 12-20 feet tall and has attractive light to mid-green elliptical leathery leaves and the plant is literally smothered by the orange and yellow flowers from summer through fall. The flowers, in opposite 4-6 inch long horizontally held clusters, lack petals but have extremely long stamens that emerge from small tight yellow buds into a flush of toothbrush-like flowers, first yellow then aging to orange. A succession of bloom occurs so that the vine has a multi-colored appearance after which 4 winged red fruit are sometimes produced . Plant in full to part day sun with regular to occasional irrigation. It is hardy and evergreen to 26 F but can tolerate short duration temperatures to below 20 F with a little damage and some report it can tolerate temperatures as low a 10 F. A great vine with support for a fence or as a large espalier or even pruned unsupported as a shrub. The entrance to the Los Angeles County Arboretum in Arcadia was graced by a beautiful espaliered specimen of this plant and there is a nice plantings of it at Lotusland and the South Coast Botanic Garden. We first acquired our cutting stock of this plant from Monrovia Nursery and listed it in our 1983-1987 catalogs. Though we still had garden plants to cut from, our cuttings refused to root and we were forced to discontinue offering this plant in 1988. In 1997 we collected a single fruit from a plant growing in a Santa Barbara garden from which we grew a single seedling plant. This seedling first flowered 8 years later in the summer of 2005 and this plant, maintained as cutting stock in our greenhouse, has provided us with the cuttings grown plants we began selling in 2006 and continue to sell today. Peter (Pehr) Loefling (1727(9)-1756), a Spanish-American botanist, first described this South American (Brazil and Argentina) plant as Gaura fruticosa but also described the genus, using the name Combretum, the Latin name used by Plinius to describe an unknown vine or medicinal herb. Loefling was a pupil of Linnaeus and his death in South America in 1756 was considered by Linnaeus to be a great loss to the study of botany. Eichler in his revision of the genus honored Loefling by naming it Combretum loeflingii but since Loefling had previously described the plant using the epithet "fruticosum", this name takes precedence and stands as the valid name. This specific epithet is Latin for "bushy" or "shrubby" in reference to the habit of the plant. This plant is also sometimes commonly called the Chameleon vine for the way the flowers change from yellow to nearly red.  This description is based on our research and observations of this plant as it grows in containers at our nursery, in our own garden and in other gardens. We also appreciate receiving feedback of any kind from those who have additional information about this plant, particularly if they disagree with what we have written or have additional cultural tips that would aid others growing Combretum fruticosum .
 
  [MORE INFO]