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Campsis radicans (Linnaeus) Seemann ex Bureau. Trumpet-creeper. Phen: (May-) Jun-Jul (-Aug); Sep-Oct. Hab: Bottomland forests, swamp forests, fencerows, old fields, forests, thickets, disturbed areas. Dist: NJ west to IA, south to s. FL and c. TX.

ID notes: Even when the foliage cannot be seen, Campsis is immediately recognizable by its shreddy tannish bark (unlike any of our other high-climbing vines). In the pre-Columbian landscape this plant was primarily limited to swamps and bottomlands; it has done well as a weedy colonizer of abandoned farmland, fencerows, and thickets (where particularly conspicuous on fenceposts and old tobacco barns).

Origin/Endemic status: Native

Other Comments: In swamps of the Coastal Plain it is a common liana, often with its foliage in the canopy 30-40 m above the ground, and with stems to 15+ cm in diameter.

Synonymy: = Ar, C, F, Fl6, G, GrPl, GW2, Il, K1, K3, K4, Mi, NcTx, NE, NY, Pa, RAB, Tn, Tx, Va, W, WH3, Gentry (1992), Manning (2000); = Bignonia radicans L. – S; = Tecoma radicans (L.) Juss. – Tat

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Wetland Indicator Status:

  • Atlantic and Gulf Coastal Plain: FAC
  • Eastern Mountains and Piedmont: FAC
  • Great Plains: FACU
  • Midwest: FACU
  • Northcentral & Northeast: FAC

Heliophily: 5

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