- 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
The Hummingbird Vine is also called the trumpet vine or trumpet creeper. The flowers produced by this plant are trumpet-shaped, thus the name. A climbing plant, this vine can often reach heights of forty feet depending on where it is growing. Hummingbird Vine flowers are tubular and appear in clusters of 4 to 12 along the vine. The blooms are approximately 1.5 inches long. The vine will develop a woody texture as it grows. The blooms are bright orange or red. They generally appear in late spring or early summer. The blooms will typically last until the fall. The blooms contain nectar that is irresistible to hummingbirds, accounting for the name. The blooms also attract beautiful butterflies. After the blooms disappear, large seed pods form on the vine. They eventually dry out and begin to split. From the pods, seeds by the hundreds are released. Because they are lightweight and almost paper-thin, they can easily blow to many areas where new vines are started. The Hummingbird Vine produces tendrils that help it to climb and spread. The tendrils eventually turn into stems. They require a sturdy climbing surface such as arbors, a trellis, brick walls, and fences. The leaves are shiny and emerald green when they are young but turn dark green as the vine matures. They are from an inch to four inches long and oval. Full sun from six to eight hours each day will aid in flower production while shade will promote more foliage and fewer blooms. This plant is a perennial and is easy to grow in warm weather. Although it is native to the southern US, it will grow from Maine to Florida. It is a low-maintenance plant and prefers partial to full sun and moist, well-draining soil. Although this vine prefers a couple of inches of rain a week, it will also tolerate drought. Fertilizing minimally will help to generate more blooms.
Hummingbird vine, also known as trumpet vine, is a perennial climbing plant with bright, trumpet-shaped flowers that attract hummingbirds. The leaves are small and begin as an emerald green when new, and darkening as they mature. The flowers are orange to red in color with a yellowish throat. This vine can grow up to 33 feet and must be watched so that it doesn't overtake the surrounding plant life. The hummingbird vine needs full sun to partial shade, more sunlight resulting in more flowers. It will flourish in many different soil types, as long as there is adequate drainage. Hummingbird vines grow best in USDA plant hardiness zones 4-9. Planting this vine in colder climates will cause fewer flowers to bloom. The hummingbird vine needs about an inch of water per week. Hummingbird vine should not be planted to close to buildings or trees as it can cause damage to structures and strangle out other plant life. It's best to provide a climbing trellis to shape this vigorous climbing vine, otherwise it becomes a ground covering shrub that will smother any other flowers near it. As it's name suggests, it will attract plenty of hummingbirds looking for an easy snack. Planting hummingbird vine with a trellis near a patio area will provide a great view of all the birds that come for a visit. This vine needs little maintenance, aside from ensuring it doesn't take over the garden. Regular pruning in spring or fall will help control the growth. Hummingbird vine grows very rapidly in peak conditions, so it may be necessary to trim at both times of the year. Also, during pruning, be sure to remove dead and damaged limbs. Taking time to remove spent blossoms from the vine will keep the brilliant flowers blooming through the growing season.