Should I Plant A Campsis Trumpet Vine In My Landscape Or Not?

Filed Under: Weeds and Invasive Plants, Vine Plants, Perennial Plants · Keywords: Campsis Radicans, Trumpet Vine, Invasive, Plant, Vine · 2006 Views
Hey guys, sorry spring is closing in and so many questions!!! I recently bought a trumpet vine in dormant from Lowes. The instructions again horrible on how to plant, but since these have small twigs I think I can handle it. The question is...

To plant or not to plant?

I have heard so many horror stories about this vine. I was wanting to plant this vine to grown on my fence, but now I am having second thought from all the bad reviews on this gorgeous vine. What are your thoughts?

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Answer #2 ·'s Answer · Hi Josh - I have three different varieties of trumpet vine (Campsis radicans) growing on my property: orange, pink and yellow. They are very fast and long growing vines so you definitely want a strudy fence, pergola or other structure to plant them on. This is not a vine for growing on the mailbox. I'm growing two of mine along the top of a chainlink fence and 'Madame Galen' on a telephone pole about 40 feet tall. In just a couple years it has almost reached the top of the pole. As John mentioned, this vine produces seed pods that will open on the vine and scatter seeds, so it can become invasive. But so do oaks, maples, sweet gums and many different types of plants. So, what I do is destroy the seedlings as soon as I see them pop up. They're easy to identify as the small leaves look much like the mature leaves. All things considered, I wouldn't let this stop me from growing this great vine on my property. They're too pretty and the hummingbirds absolutely love them.


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Answer #1 · Maple Tree's Answer · Hi Josh-I have seen this vine but have never grown it myself. I love the orange coloring that really brightens up a landscaping during the summer. It is an extremely easy plant to grow and will definitely cover fencing or other structures in no time as it grows fast. I'm assuming you have read or heard it can be extremely invasive. Because of its fast growth it can cover any structure quickly and may need some drastic pruning at times. It can also reseed itself easily with new plants poping up all over and in areas you may not want them to grow. Besides possibly needing a little pruning and digging up of some new sprouting I really like the plants I have seen. If you are only trying to cover a smaller fence you may want to try another vine that doesn't grow as fast and as large as this one. I was reading where the Madame Galen cultivar of the trumpet vine is somewhat less aggressive as it is a little less hardy and grows slower than most of the others. I noted the link to the Madame Galen cultivar below. Another vine I really like that will cover a fence well, is less aggressive, and easily controlled is the honeysuckle. Many of the varieties do really well in the warmer locations and are quite drought resistant. The Red Trumpet and Yellow Honeysuckle are ones I have grown and are easily maintained as they don't grow to heights as tall as the Trumpet vine. They also add a lot of color all summer long. If I had the space or a large fence, arbor, or other structure I wanted to cover I most likely wouldn't hesitate trying the Trumpet vine. Brent Wilson being in the business may be able to add some more information on the Trumpet vine as I'm thinking he has sold and seen the growth of these plants for some time. I also noted the link to the Madame Galen Trumpet vine. When in this plant file you can click on the 'Planting' tab that will give you planting instructions for the trumpet vine.

Please ask if you have any other questions.

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