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Cross vine

Bignonia capreolata

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Commonly know as cross vine due to the cross-shaped pattern revealed when the stem is cut. It is grown for the trumpet shaped flowers. The vine climbs without twining but produces tendrils for holding onto supports, only producing leaves and flower in the upper parts of the vine. If not propperly managed, Crossvines can spread aggressively through stolons and become invasive.

Planning

Difficulty
Moderate
Flowering time
Spring, Summer
Fruiting time
Autumn

Harvesting

Harvest seed pods once they have dried on the plant.

Propagation

Cuttings
Take budded root cuttings in summer.
Seed
Sow seeds in spring time.
Layering
Layer in autumn or spring by placing a bit of soil and the material around a few nodes. They should grow roots quickly.

Special features

Drought resistant
Once established can survive dry spells.
Attracts birds
Attracts nectar sucking birds

Geography

Origin
America, Southern United States,
Natural climate
Temperate to Tropical

Environment

Light
Full Sun
Soil moisture
Moist
Soil type
Loam
Soil PH preference
Neutral
Frost hardiness
Half-Hardy

Personality

Family
Bignoniaceae
Flower colour
Orange, yellow and red.
Scent
Mild

Problems

Susceptible to mealybug.

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