Chinese trumpet creeper

Campsis grandiflora | Also known as: Chinese trumpet vine, Trumpet vine, Trumpet creeper | Rating: 0 votes | Print / Pdf

Perfect for a garden lacking Asian musicians.

If any plant is entitled to blow its own trumpet, it’s Campsis grandiflora or Chinese trumpet creeper. This vine has bold and vibrant trumpet-shaped flowers in shades of red and orange that are impossible not to admire. The vivid flowers are offset by the pretty dark green leaves that are oval-shaped with toothed edges. Chinese trumpet creeper is best grown in areas that receive full sunlight or partial shade and does well in most types of moist soil that has good drainage. This is a spectacular plant for disguising bare patches of wall and is perfect for trellises and arbours. With its incredible appearance this vine is sure to creep into your list of favourite plants in no time.

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Known dangers?
  • yes
Dangers: comments
  • The sap of this plant may irritate your skin.
Height [m]
  • 10
Spread [m]
  • 2.6 - 4
Dominant flower colour
  • Orange
Flower Fragrance
  • No, neutral please
Flowering seasons
  • Late summer
  • Early autumn
  • Mid autumn
  • Late autumn
Foliage in spring
  • Green
Foliage in summer
  • Green
Foliage in Autumn
  • Green
Propagation methods
  • semi-ripe cuttings
  • grafting
  • seed
  • root cuttings
  • leaf cuttings
Growth habit
  • Climbing
  • Tufted
  • Acidic
  • Neutral
  • Alkaline
Hardiness zone
  • Z7-9
Heat zone
  • H9-7
Winter temperatures [°C]
  • -18 - -1
Heat days
  • 60 - 150
  • well-drained
  • well-drained but frequently watered
Soil type
  • sandy
  • chalky
  • loams
Sun requirements
  • Full sun
  • Sheltered
Standard category
  • Climbers
Grown for
  • Attractive Flowers
Creative category
  • For Beginners
  • Colours
  • Show-offs
Garden type
  • Mediterranean garden
Garden spaces
  • Walls, trellises and pergolas
Gardening expertise
  • beginner
Time to reach full size
  • up to 10 years