Dragon Lady Cross Vine
Bignonia capreolata 'Dragon Lady'
Dragon Lady Cross Vine flowers
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Height: 20 feet
Spread: 24 inches
Hardiness Zone: 4b
Other Names: Trumpet-Flower Vine
Beautiful clusters of salmon-red trumpet flowers grace this glossy-leaved vine;leaves turn purple in winter; hardier and more floriferous than the species; the flowers are attractive to hummingbirds and butterflies; needs a sturdy structure for support
Dragon Lady Cross Vine features showy red trumpet-shaped flowers with salmon tips along the branches from early to mid summer. It has dark green foliage. The glossy oval leaves turn purple in fall. The fruit is not ornamentally significant.
Dragon Lady Cross Vine is a multi-stemmed evergreen woody vine with a twining and trailing habit of growth. Its average texture blends into the landscape, but can be balanced by one or two finer or coarser trees or shrubs for an effective composition.
This woody vine will require occasional maintenance and upkeep, and should only be pruned after flowering to avoid removing any of the current season's flowers. It is a good choice for attracting bees, butterflies and hummingbirds to your yard. Gardeners should be aware of the following characteristic(s) that may warrant special consideration;
Dragon Lady Cross Vine is recommended for the following landscape applications;
- Mass Planting
- General Garden Use
Planting & Growing
Dragon Lady Cross Vine will grow to be about 20 feet tall at maturity, with a spread of 24 inches. As a climbing vine, it tends to be leggy near the base and should be underplanted with low-growing facer plants. It should be planted near a fence, trellis or other landscape structure where it can be trained to grow upwards on it, or allowed to trail off a retaining wall or slope. It grows at a fast rate, and under ideal conditions can be expected to live for approximately 20 years.
This woody vine does best in full sun to partial shade. It is an amazingly adaptable plant, tolerating both dry conditions and even some standing water. It is not particular as to soil type, but has a definite preference for acidic soils. It is highly tolerant of urban pollution and will even thrive in inner city environments. This is a selection of a native North American species.