Plants: Campsis radicans 'Stromboli' - trumpet creeper, climber

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Campsis radicans 'Stromboli' - trumpet creeper, climber

Trumpet creepers are gorgeous things in summer gardens, on patios, or climbing up walls, gazebos or fences. They are fast and vigorous growing vines that can create a dense coverage of bright green foliage with profusion of flowers within a few years only.

Stromboli is a strong variety with deep red flowers. They are trumpet-shaped, 7-8 cm long, deep red both inside and outside, the throat shows a few dark veins on yellowish background. Flowering begins in mid July and strong, well-established plants keep on blooming until the first frosts. Pinnate leaves are large, deciduous, deep green and rather exotic looking. They come out late – at the end of April.

For profusion of flowers it needs to be pruned every spring after the worst frosts (end March). Cut all last year´s branches to 2-3 pairs of live buds. Trumpet creeper flowers on new shoots so the more shoots you have the more flowers you get. Though it makes a lot of aerial roots it needs a little bit of help tying up the first branches to its support as it cannot twine around it like wisteria for example.

Trumpet creepers need limey soil and a warm and sunny spot. Its root system can accept temporary drought and extra watering is desirable only maximum once a week. It grows vigorously and makes deep roots. However, our plants proved to be ok in limited space – 30x50 cm, 40 cm deep. Fully hardy to -29°C (USDA zone 5), possibly more.

Size/type: vine
Usual height: 3-6m
Usual width: 1-2m
Leaves: deciduous broadleaf
Colour of leaves: green
Flowers: showy
Colour of flowers: red
Blooming time:
Location: full sun
Usda zone (lowest): 4 (down to -34°c)
Belongs to categories: deciduous broadleaf, summer blooms
Milan Havlis, Specializované zahradnictví
Chlumec 23, 382 32 Velešín, Czech republic

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