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One of the most exotic looking and choice late summer blooming climbers, but not for everyone. Winter hardiness can be a problem, so not a good choice for areas with harsh winters. Can also be disappointing in wet summers.
Nevertheless, give it a try if you can place it against a sunny, sheltered wall and you will be rewarded with clusters of reddish-orange or salmon trumpet shaped blooms on a vigorous plant with attractive leaves made up of between 7 and 11 oval , toothed leaflets.
The hardiest types are Campsis radicans: Orange blooms with yellow throat and Campsis Madame Galen: Salmon blooms.
Needs well drained soil and regular watering in dry summers. Can grow to 35 ft. Cut back growth that has flowered the previous summer, in late winter.
|Jennifer Mathes, Ph.D.|