- Hummingbird plant - Campsis Radicans - Hardy Planting Zones - 7a-10b Sun or Shade - Full Sun Mature Height - 2-3' Mature Width- 2-3' Bloom Season - Late Spring to Early Fall
Hummingbird Vine - Campsis radicans
Trumpet vine, also called Hummingbird Vine due to its bright trumpet-shaped flowers that easily attract hummingbirds, is easily cultivated as a perennial plant. Very little care is required of this beautiful plant and it thrives in full sun to little shade.
It can grow in many types of soils with very little watering. Pruning is necessary to prevent overgrowth and produce beautiful foliage and blossoms. With these conditions, it produces beautiful blooms that attract the ever loving hummingbirds.
Due to its aggressive nature of climbing, it’s best not to plant near roof shingles or foundations as it might cause damage if not properly maintained and controlled. Otherwise, the vines can take over and overwhelm the structure or other landscaping.
Most favorable and successful means of growing Hummingbird Vine is on a trellis or fence. This woody vigorous plant can grow to a height of about 33 feet.
The Hummingbird Vine can certainly be vigorous and robust with a show-stopping, gorgeous appearance.
Also called the trumpet vine, the hummingbird vine got its name because its large trumpet-like flowers are very appealing to hummingbirds. Butterflies and bees even love it. Its leaves are elliptic and oblong and dark and shiny, with a dull green underside. The showy flowers range from orange to scarlet with a touch of yellow at the throat. Birds of all kinds love to nest in the dense foliage. The blooming season lasts from May through September and can be extended by deadheading spent blossoms. In the fall, the leaves turn a lovely shade of yellow before they fall off.
Native to the Southeastern U.S., the hummingbird vine has spread throughout the country and even further north, into Ontario. The vine also grows in almost any soil type, including clay soil, and it can tolerate drought. It can even tolerate deer feeding upon it, so it does well in forests and naturally wooded areas. The hummingbird vine uses suckers to spread underground. It also climbs up, latching onto fences, telephone poles, arbors, and trees.
Hummingbird vines are used widely in landscaping for their beautiful flowers and the interested hummingbirds. Live branches should also be trimmed to prevent them from growing out of control. When the flowers aren't in bloom, seed pods appear. As these mature, they crack and release hundreds of seeds. Preventing dozens of vines from growing is accomplished by removing and destroying the pods before they break.