March 8, 2010


Campsis radicans ' madame rosy '

Having grown up in the South I know all about Kudzu and other vines that tend to cover the earth. As a landscape designer I have had some run-ins with Campsis radicans, or trumpet creeper vine. I had to hire a bulldozer to remove one from a garage wall. It's trunk was the size of a tree and its roots were spread all across the area.

I've always admired the long-blooming, colorful trumpet vine that one of my neighbors has. She keeps hers pruned judiciously, but nevertheless, she is forever digging up the seedlings across the entire garden, muttering the whole time . She also has a Sweet Autumn Clematis that re-seeds in the same way.

While cruising the internet recently I came across Campsis radicans 'madame rosy ' and I had to rub my eyes because I couldn't believe what it said : Well-behaved, 10-15 feet in 5 years, clusters of rosy blooms from Spring to Fall ; seedless. Seedless! Rosy is a cross between our native trumpet creeper and c. grandiflora.

This is the perfect vine to cloak my outdoor pavillion which used to be a simple pergola before Mr. Engineer decided, in my absence, to add a roof . I'm sure the neighbors on both sides will also enjoy seeing some beautiful rosy blooms from June 'til September. My intention is to camouflage the pavillion's bulkiness and add some softness as well as beauty.

Written by Carolyngail at Sweet Home and Garden Chicago
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  1. Carolyn, I am going to let you experiment with this one. I had the bulldozer variety, only three years old and it just about took my gutters down. It took at lot of muscle to get this one out so I am not anxious to plant a relative.

    Keep us posted on Rosy!


  2. Carolyn, hopefully it doesn't spread via underground runners either - that's the worst thing about trumpet vine - even worse than the seedlings. I have a client who has three of them on a fence - 30 years later they come up between her pavers, have cracked her foundation, and have even spread via those thick, deep runners three yards down from her house. Since seeing what happened with hers, I'm afraid of trumpet vine.

  3. Hi EIleen,

    I'm willing to take the chance with Rosy. I plan to dig a large circle around the roots and put in a sheet of aluminum to prevent the roots from spreading.

  4. Thanks, Linda. As I told Eileen I'm going to put a barrier around it to prevent just this spread.

  5. Yes, please go ahead and try the "seedless" variety and then let us know! :-) I cut mine, dug mine, and I think it's finally gone.


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