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Campsis x tagliabuana: 'Madame Galen' Trumpet Vine

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Description
Form: Woody, climbing vine.
Lifespan: Perennial.
Leaf retention: Deciduous.
Growth rate: Rapid. Invasive in moist soils.
Mature Size: 25' long.
Flowers: Orange, trumpet-shaped, waxy, clustered, 3-4" long.
Bloom: Summer into fall.
Fruit: Long seed pods containing winged seeds for wind dispersal.
Leaves: Medium sized green leaflets on an axis up to 12" long.
Stems: No thorns. Woody. Aerial rootlets sprout along stems, acting like tendrils to assist climbing or rooting into soil along vine.
Roots: Spreads by rhizomes.
Wildlife: Attracts hummingbirds, birds.
Toxic / Danger: Sap is skin irritant to sensitive individuals.
Origin: North America.

Cultivation and Uses
USDA hardiness zones: 4-9.
Heat tolerant: Yes.
Drought tolerant: Yes.
Sun: Full sun to part shade. Best flowering in full sun.
Water once established: Once or twice a month, depending on blooms.
Soil: Well drained, pH 6.1-7.5 (slightly acidic to neutral).
Prune: In winter to shape and restrain growth.
Litter: Low. Seed pods.
Propagation: Self-seeds, spreads by underground roots.
Uses: Ornamental, hummingbird garden, trellis privacy screen.

Comments
'Madam Galen' is perfect for a hot, dry location. The complaint with this vine is that it grows too fast, mostly due to overwatering. It resembles a common relative, Campsis radicans, a moderate water plant. Orange Bells, moderate water relatives and hybrids of Yellow Bells, have similar flowers and the two are sometimes mistaken for one another.



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