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Crossvine (Bignonia capreolata)

Crossvine is a high climbing, evergreen vine. The leaves are opposite and compound with only two leaflets. The leaves have a smooth margin and a stem that ends with a branched tendril. The bark is gray-brown and finely scaled with longitudinal splits. In spring, tube-like, reddish brown to orange-yellow flowers mature. The vine produces a 4- to 7-inch, brown capsule that matures in late summer.


Flowers are very attractive to hummingbirds. White-tailed deer and beavers eat the foliage.

Plant Type Vine
Leaf Type Evergreen
Deer Resistance Moderate
Regions Piedmont, Coastal Plain
Light Full Sun, Partial Sun/Shade
Soil Moist, Dry
Bloom Times Spring
Seed Times Late Summer
Wildlife Value Hummingbird Nectar
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