Cross-vine, or Bignonia capreolata, is a vigorous, woody vine that climbs with branched tendrils coated with adhesive disks. Plants are grown for their attractive flowers and ability to cover structures with foliage quickly. Comparatively, compound leaves have two leaves per leaf. Each leaf consists of two lanceolate to oblong dark green leaflets (up to 6 inches long) connected by a branching tendril. Wall-attaching adhesive disks terminate the tendril branches. Its foliage remains evergreen in the South but turns reddish-purple in the fall and drops its leaves in colder climates. It blossoms in spring with fragrant, trumpet-shaped, orange-red flowers (up to 2" long) borne in axillary clusters. In late summer and into the fall, greenish, pod-like seed capsules mature (to 7" long).
There is a close relationship between this vine and Campsis radicans, the trumpet vine.
be Easily grown in full sun to part shade in medium moisture and well-drained soils. It tolerates full shade, but the the the t the best production occurs in the sun. Prune after flowering if needed. Stems above ground are not reliably winter hardy throughout USDA Zone 5, where they may die to the ground in severe winters (roots are usually vigorous there and will sprout new foliage)spring). Established plants may send up root suckers which should be removed if the spread is not desired.
Light: Full Sun, Part Shade, Dappled Shade
Zone: 5, 6, 7, 8, 9