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Crossvine - Bignonia capreolata

Crossvine - Bignonia capreolata

PriceFrom $10.00

•Status in Florida: Native

•Size at Maturity: Typically grows 30-50 feet tall, with a spread of 6-9 feet.

•Phenology: Deciduous woody vine with glossy, dark green leaves that turn bronze or purple in fall. Produces trumpet-shaped flowers in clusters, ranging in color from orange to red with yellow throats.

•Life Cycle: Perennial

•Bloom Season: Blooms in spring, typically from April to May.

•Deciduous, Dioecious, Evergreen: Deciduous

•Sunlight Requirements: Full sun to partial shade

•Soil Texture: Well-drained sandy, loamy, or clay soils

•Soil pH: Tolerant of a wide range of soil pH levels, but prefers slightly acidic to neutral soils (pH 6.0-7.5)

•Moisture Requirements: Tolerant of both drought and occasional flooding; prefers moist, well-drained soil

•Tolerance to Salt Spray: Low tolerance

•Recommended Landscape Uses: Suitable for trellises, arbors, fences, and other structures. Provides habitat and cover for various wildlife species.

•Maintenance Tips: Crossvine is relatively low-maintenance but may require occasional pruning to control growth and shape. Prune after flowering to promote vigorous growth and flowering the following season.

•Considerations: Crossvine can be aggressive in optimal growing conditions and may require management to prevent overtake. It may also be susceptible to powdery mildew in humid conditions.

•Edible: No

•Medicinal Uses: While not commonly used for medicinal purposes, some Native American tribes historically used parts of the plant for various ailments.

•Toxicity to Pets: The foliage and flowers of Crossvine are not known to be toxic to pets.

•Florida Native Companion Plant: Crossvine pairs well with other native species such as Carolina jasmine (Gelsemium sempervirens) and American wisteria (Wisteria frutescens).

•Wildlife Benefit: Provides habitat, cover, and food for various wildlife species. The flowers attract pollinators such as bees and butterflies, while the dense foliage provides nesting sites for birds.

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