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Shalimar Red Crossvine
Bignonia capreolata 'Shalimar Red'

USDA Plant Hardiness Zones: 6a-9b  Find Your Zone

Note:  For our customers who live and garden north of USDA Plant Hardiness Zone 6a, where this Bignonia Crossvine variety is not reliably winter hardy, you'll be happy to know it can be grown in containers that can be brought indoors during winter and placed back outside when temperatures warm up in spring. That said, this vine grows quickly so you might have to cut it back some before bringing it indoors.

Special Attributes

The Shalimar Red Crossvine is an exceptionally easy-to-grow, fast-growing, North American native flowering vine that quickly covers fences (from top to bottom), arbors and other structures. It produces LOADS of fragrant, trumpet-shaped red flowers in spring. In our north-central Georgia gardens it reliably reblooms again in late summer, which we and the hummingbirds really appreciate. The attractive foliage remains evergreen in the deep South turning to reddish-purple in fall, with subsequent leaf drop in the northern regions where it will grow. A truly magnificent vine that deserves a spot in every landscape where it will grow.

Landscape & Garden Uses

Growing up to 30 feet in height or length (however tall or long the support structure) and 4 feet or more in width, the Shalimar Red Crossvine is ideal for use to climb on and cover fences (from top to bottom!), or to cover a trellis, arch, arbor, pergola or any other structure that might benefit from or support the flowering vine. Rather than grow along just the top of a fence, the vines cascade all the way down to the ground to entirely cover the fence. A fine addition to hummingbird and butterfly gardens, tropical look gardens and the Xeriscape (low water needs).

Suggested Spacing:  3-4' along fences 

Cultural Preferences

The Shalimar Red Crossvine is exceptionally easy to grow in most any average, moist but well-drained soil of average to low fertility. It grows in full sun or shade, however flowers heavier with more sun. We recommend at least 6 hours of direct sunlight for full flowering. Plants are quite drought tolerant when established. Pruning isn't necessary, however the vines can be pruned after flowering to keep tidy. 

Helpful Articles

Click on a link below to get helpful advice from our experts on how to plant, fertilize, prune and water Bignonia Crossvines.

Plant Details

USDA Plant Hardiness Zones: 6a-9b  Find Your Zone
Plant Type:  Flowering Vine
Height or Length at Maturity:  10'+
Width at Maturity:  4'+
Spacing:  3-6' apart to cover fences
Growth Habit / Form:  Climbing, Dense, Spreading/Trailing, Twining, Upright, Tall
Growth Rate:  Fast 
Flower Color:  Red
Flower Type:  Single, Trumpet
Flower Size:  2" long, 1'wide 
Flowering Period:  Spring, Late Summer, Fall
Fragrant Flowers:  Yes
Foliage Color:  Green
Fragrant Foliage:  No
Sun Needs:  Full Sun, Morning Sun with Afternoon Shade, Morning Shade with Afternoon Sun
Water Needs:  Average, low when established
Soil Type:  Clay, Loam, Silt (amended), Sand (amended)
Soil Drainage:  Well Drained, Moderately Drained, Poorly Drained
Soil pH:  6.5 - 8.0
Maintenance / Care:  Low
Attracts:  Visual Attention, Hummingbirds
Resistances:  Drought, Heat, Humidity, Deer

Plant Long & Prosper!

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