Campsis grandiflora (Chinese Trumpet Creeper)

Scientific Name

Campsis grandiflora (Thunb.) K.Schum.

Common Names

Chinese Trumpet Creeper, Chinese Trumpet Vine


Bignonia grandiflora (basionym), Bignonia chinensis, Campsis adrepens, Campsis chinensis, Gelseminum grandiflorum, Incarvillea chinensis, Incarvillea grandiflora, Tecoma chinensis, Tecoma grandiflora, Tecoma sinensis

Scientific Classification

Family: Bignoniaceae
Tribe: Tecomeae
Genus: Campsis


Color: Red with golden-yellow throats
Bloom Time: Summer


Campsis grandiflorais is a vigorous woody vine with large, up to 3 inches (7.5 cm) long, trumpet-shaped, orange to red flowers with golden-yellow throats. The flowers are borne in loose, open clusters at the ends of the branches. They bloom sporadically throughout the summer and are followed by attractive bean-like seedpods. The foliage of pinnate (with up to 9 leaflets), coarsely toothed, dark green leaves is deciduous.

Campsis grandiflora - Chinese Trumpet Creeper
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USDA hardiness zone 7a to 9b: from 0 °F (−17.8 °C) to 5 °F (−15 °C).

How to Grow and Care

This easily grown vine thrives in both sun and partial shade. While it prefers a nice well-draining soil, the Trumpet Vine flower is resilient enough to adapt to nearly any soil and will grow readily. Be sure to choose a suitable location before planting as well as a sturdy support structure.

Planting too close to the home or outbuilding could result in damage from the vine's creeping roots, so it's important that you plant the vine some distance from the house. They can work their way under shingles and even cause damage to foundations.

A trellis, fence, or large pole works well as a support structure when growing Trumpet Vines. However, do not allow the vine to climb trees as this can lead to strangulation.

When growing Trumpet Vines, containment is another consideration. Some people find it useful to plant Trumpet Vines in large bottomless containers, such as 5-gallon buckets, which can be sunk into the ground. This helps keep the vine's spreading habit under control. If the vine is located in a large enough area where its suckers can be routinely mown and pruned, it can be grown without the support and treat more like a shrub. See more at How To Grow and Care for Trumpet Vine.


Native to East Asia.



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