• AGM plants

    AGM plants have been through a rigorous trial and assessment programme. They are:

    • Excellent for ordinary use in appropriate conditions
    • Available to buy
    • Of good constitution
    • Essentially stable in form & colour
    • Reasonably resistant to pests & diseases

Campsis radicans

trumpet vine

  • Other common names trumpet vine
    trumpet climber

    trumpet creeper
    trumpet honeysuckle
    Virginian trumpet flower

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  • Synonyms Bignonia radicans

  • Family Bignoniaceae

  • Genus Campsis are fast-growing deciduous climbers clinging by aerial roots, pinnate leaves and clusters of tubular-funnel-shaped flowers in late summer or early autumn

  • Details C. radicans is a vigorous self-clinging woody climber growing to 10m, with pinnate leaves and bright orange or red, trumpet-shaped flowers 8cm long, borne in clusters in late summer and autumn

  • Plant range SE US


  • Foliage Deciduous

  • Habit Climbing

  • Hardiness

    Hardiness ratings

    All ratings refer to the UK growing conditions unless otherwise stated. Minimum temperature ranges (in degrees C) are shown in brackets

    • H1a - Under glass all year (>15C)
    • H1b - Can be grown outside in the summer (10 - 15)
    • H1c - Can be grown outside in the summer (5 - 10)
    • H2 - Tolerant of low temperatures, but not surviving being frozen (1 to 5)
    • H3 - Hardy in coastal and relatively mild parts of the UK (-5 to 1)
    • H4 - Hardy through most of the UK (-10 to -5)
    • H5 - Hardy in most places throughout the UK even in severe winters (-15 to -10)
    • H6 - Hardy in all of UK and northern Europe (-20 to -15)
    • H7 - Hardy in the severest European continental climates (< -20)




  • Full Sun

  • Aspect South-facing or West-facing

  • Exposure Sheltered


  • Sand


  • Loam


  • Clay


  • Chalk


  • MoistureMoist but well-drained

  • SoilSand, Loam, Clay, Chalk

  • pHAlkaline, Neutral, Acid


  • Ultimate height 8-12 metres

  • Ultimate spread 2.5-4 metres

  • Time to ultimate height 10-20 years

How to grow

Cultivation A climber that despite its exotic-looking flowers is reasonably hardy if grown against a warm, sunny wall

Propagation Propagate by seed, layering, hardwood cuttings or root cuttings

Suggested planting locations and garden types Wall-side Borders

How to care

Pruning Pruning campsis; pruning group 12 in late winter or early spring

Pests Generally pest free but aphids may attack the flowers

Diseases Generally disease free

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