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Native Plant Society of Texas

Crossvine

Bignonia capreolata

Other common name(s):

Family:

Bignoniaceae (Trumpet Creeper Family)

Plant Ecoregion Distribution Map

East Central Texas Plains, Western Gulf Coastal Plain
Northern Post Oak Savanna
Flatwoods, Southern Tertiary Uplands

Plant Characteristics

Growth Form

Vine

Height

60
to
70
ft.

Spread

2
to
3
ft.

Leaf Retention

Evergreen

Lifespan

Perennial

Habitat and Care Requirements

Soil Type(s)

Sand, Loam, Clay, Limestone

Light Requirement

Sun, Part Shade, Shade

Water Requirement

Medium

Native Habitat

Woodland

Bloom and Attraction

Bloom Color

Red, Yellow

Bloom Season

Spring

Seasonal Interest

Forage, Nectar, Pollen

Wildlife Benefit

Browsers, Butterflies, Deer, Hummingbirds, Bees

Maintenance

Winter: Prune to direct and control growth. Can be cut back to as much as 1/2 in winter to control size. Spring: Branches may be trimmed to encourage flowering. Needs Well drained soil.

Comments

Tendril vine attaches to walls. Orange-red, trumpet-shaped flowers with short bloom time of 7 – 10 days in spring. Persistent, semi-evergreen leaves change from dark green in summer to reddish-purple in winter. Attracts hummingbirds and bees.
Previous Scientific Name(s): Synonym/s: Anisostichus capreolata, Anisostichus crucigera

References

1) Griffith, Bryce, Omernick & Rodgers (2007). 2) https://www.wildflower.org/plants/result.php?id_plant=BICA. 3) https://portal.torcherbaria.org/portal/taxa/index.php?taxon=Bignonia+capreolata&formsubmit=Search+Terms. 4) http://bonap.net/TDC/Image/Map?taxonType=Species&taxonId=4965&locationType=County&mapType=Normal. 5) Miller, George O., Landscaping with Native Plants of Texas 2nd Ed., 2013, pg 48. 6) Wasowski and Wasowski, Native Texas Plants Landscaping Region by Region, 1991, pg. 357. 7) https://www.itis.gov/servlet/SingleRpt/SingleRpt?search_topic=TSN&search_value=34307#null, 8) Native and Adapted Landscape Plants, City of Austin and Texas A&M, 2014.