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Common Trumpetvine sets landscapes ablaze with its flaming orange flowers in summer. This form is a soothing alternative. Although it’s called Yellow Trumpetvine, the blooms aren’t really yellow—they’re more of a soft peach color. It’s a dreamy shade that’s easy to love. Yellow Trumpetvine is just as vigorous in its growth as the typical fiery orange version. Use it when you need a mighty, galloping vine that will really make an impact. It is not for the faint of heart! Hummingbirds adore this plant, and they will be constant visitors to your garden whenever it is in bloom.
Although it looks like a tropical vine you might find in some steamy jungle, Trumpetvine, a.k.a. Trumpetcreeper, is in fact a native of the eastern U.S. It can be found in fencerows, along forest edges, and in all sorts of wild spaces from Missouri to Pennsylvania and south to Texas and Florida. Sprouting readily from seeds and suckers, it has also spread outside its native range. Trumpetvine thrives because of its alley-cat toughness. It tolerates drought, poor soil, alkaline soil, salt, and winter temperatures that drop to -30ºF. This apricot-colored version has been around since at least 1842.
Yellow Trumpetvine is a self-clinging vine, which means it will attach itself directly to wood, brick, or any other rough surface it can climb. This can be a good thing—you don’t have to tie up the plant or stake it. But the clinging roots can also damage siding and masonry. Be careful where you plant it.
How to Grow
Regarding Trumpetvine in general, tree and shrub guru Michael Dirr bluntly states, “If you cannot grow this, give up gardening.” Ha! Well, yes, growing Yellow Trumpetvine is easy, but there are a few things you should keep in mind. First, give it full sun and well-drained soil. This plant loves sunshine and heat. It will be quite drought tolerant once established, but make sure to water it regularly the first year while it puts roots down. Feel free to prune it whenever it starts to get a little wild-looking. You can trim it hard in early spring without sacrificing the blooms; the flowers are developed on “new wood”—not on last year’s branches. It leafs out late, so be patient. You’ll also want to patrol for any suckers that pop up around your plant and dig them out.
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