Bignonia capreolata (Crossvine)
Bignonia capreolata, or Crossvine, is an evergreen climbing vine native to the moist woodlands of Central and Eastern North America. It is beautiful, but it is not for the faint of heart, as it can climb its way over almost anything and up to 50 feet with its twining tendrils. A vigilant eye is necessary to keep it in check, and pruning is best done in late winter/early spring. Still, its two-inch clusters of showy, orange/red tubular flowers and shiny green leaves are a sight to behold. Its common name, "Crossvine," refers to the fact that when cut, the stems reveal a cross-shaped pattern. Crossvine grows in sun/part shade in Zones 6-9 and is a hummingbird magnet. (The photo is by Stan Shebs and is from Wiki Commons.) Quarts.