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Think of it as a hummingbird feeder you never have to refill! Planted by your deck or patio, our Indian Summer Tree Form Trumpet Creeper will give you a whole summer’s worth of entertainment as you watch the hummers zip by again and again to sip the sweet nectar from its lovely blossoms. The funnel-shaped blooms, apricot-orange on the outside and orange-red within, are appealing to hummingbirds and humans alike and will bring a festive punch of color to your outdoor living space over a long season. It lends a distinctly tropical vibe, even though it is cold-hardy in much of the country.
- Hardiness Zone: 5
- Spacing: 6-12'
- Exposure: Sun
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Indian Summer (also known as ‘Kudian’) is a hybrid of an American Trumpet Creeper and a Chinese Trumpet Creeper, which was bred by a Dutch nurseryman and marketed by a Canadian company! This international plant was the result of seed sown in 1984 by Dutch plant breeder, HJM Kuijf. Indian Summer quickly stood out from its seedling siblings for its early and profuse flowering habit and its large blossoms of an especially luscious shade of orange. It won “Best New Plant” in major plant shows in both the Netherlands and France and has proven itself to be a great performer on American soil as well.
Trumpet Creeper normally takes the form of a vine and can cling and climb to great heights if given a support to grab onto. Our crafty growers have tamed this rambunctious climber by training it to grow in a free-standing Tree Form. The Indian Summer selection is also naturally better behaved than other Trumpet Creepers and doesn’t grow as big or as fast as the troublesome types do.
How to Grow
Regarding Trumpet Creeper in general, tree and shrub guru Michael Dirr bluntly states, “If you cannot grow this, give up gardening.” Ha! Well, yes, growing Trumpet Creeper is easy, but there are a few things you should keep in mind. First, give it full sun and well-drained soil. Indian Summer 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. To keep its dapper tree form shape, you’ll have 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 tree and dig them out.
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Size B Trees:
5' Tall. Grown in our #10 or #15 tree container. A great selection that will make every summer a work of art.
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