Two Great Flowering Vines

A closeup of trumpet Honeysuckle in flower

A close-up of trumpet honeysuckle in flower

This Trumpet Honeysuckle vine works well as an accent to this porch entry

This trumpet honeysuckle vine works well as an accent to this porch entry.

Tangerine Beauty Crossvine is a showstopper when in flower

Tangerine Beauty crossvine is a showstopper when in flower.

Tangerine Beauty Crossvine along a chain link fence

Tangerine Beauty crossvine along a chain link fence

These two deciduous vines, when properly placed, make excellent additions to the home landscape. Both trumpet vine and Tangerine Beauty crossvine are twining vines that are profuse spring bloomers. And trumpet vine is a native and Tangerine Beauty crossvine is a selection of the native crossvine. But, they are also different. Trumpet vine produces lots of red flowers in spring but also has some sporadic blooms all summer, while Tangerine Beauty crossvine has a prolific quantity of flowers in the spring. Occasionally, it will have a few fall flowers. While both are twining vines and will not attach to your house or arbor, Tangerine Beauty crossvine also has tendrils. I grow both these vines, and another difference is that Tangerine Beauty crossvine is a more prolific grower than trumpet vine. So, when it comes to placement, you need to put it in a space where it can cover densely like the ones planted on the fence in the photo. In contrast, trumpet vine is a much slower grower and is easily controlled by shaping and pruning after its new flush of growth in the late spring. While both respond well to pruning, I simply remove the unwanted shoots on both any time of the year, and have seen no adverse effects. Both vines like full sun and good, fertile, well drained soil, and will grow fine in almost any well drained soil. Trumpet vine also has several selections. One, ‘Major Wheeler’ is the most common in the trade and is more vigorous than the native species, and a yellow flowering selection,’Lutea’ is not quite as prolific as the native species. Since Tangerine Beauty is a selection, I do not know of any variation on this vine. Don’t be scared of using vines in the landscape because they certainly have their place and can add unique looks to your garden.

John Floyd

John Floyd has been gardening--and learning about Birmingham area gardening--for more than 30 years. In addition to his day-to-day experience, John has degrees in horticulture from Auburn and Clemson Universities and was Editor-in-Chief of Southern Living.

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