Yellow Trumpet Vine
Yellow Trumpet Vine
Macfadyena unguis-catiItem #5938 USDA Hardiness Zone: 9 - 11
This vigorous climbing, heat-loving, woody vine clings to any surface! Bright yellow trumpet-shaped flowers provide quite a show. Often referred to as Cat Claw because of its ability to climb with claw-like, forked tendrils. This stunner is ideal for covering any sunny wall or fence - even trees! Bloom abundance increases with age. Semi-evergreen.
- DetailBotanical Pronunciation:mak-fad-e-EN-ah un-gu-is-KAT-eyePlant type:Vine - Self-clingingDeciduous/evergreen:Semi-evergreenSunset climate zones:8, 9, 9, 10, 10, 11, 11, 12, 12, 13, 13, 14, 14, 15, 15, 16, 16, 17, 17, 18, 18, 19, 19, 20, 20, 21, 21, 22, 22, 23, 23, 24, 24Growth rate:FastAverage landscape size:Vigorous stems quickly reach 20 to 25 ft. long.Foliage color:GreenBlooms:SpringFlower color:YellowFlower attributesShowy FlowersDesign IdeasThis lovely tropical appearing vine is much hardier than expected. One of the few trumpet-flowered vines that self-clings, its little suction cups are easy on masonry. Plant it out of the wind but in full sun to cloak a wall in golden yellow. Stunning when trained up buff-colored classical columns or pilasters. Let it wind its way through very large-dimension latticework, or send up on the roof, where it blooms with vigor in warm climates. Perhaps the best vine for sculpting over windows and doorways in warmer climates.Companion PlantsCalifornia Lilac (Ceanothus); Agapanthus (Agapanthus); Lantana (Lantana); Bird of Paradise (Strelitzia); Plumbago (Plumbago)
- CareCare InformationThrives in a range of well-drained soils. Water deeply and regularly during the first growing season to establish an extensive root system; reduce frequency, once established. Feed with a general purpose fertilizer. Quickly naturalizes; prune as needed after flowering to control size.Pruning time: summer after flowering.Light Needs:Full sunWatering Needs:Once established, water occasionally; more in extreme heat.
- History & LoreHistory:This vine and its kin are mired in a complex, changing nomenclature within the family Bignonia. Alfred Rehdr of the Arnold Arboretum listed the genus as Doxantha and later it was dropped altogether and given Macfadyana to include only four species. The vine is native to the American tropics from Mexico south to Argentina. The ungus-cati is from the Latin for cat's claw, referring to the shape of its climbing holdfasts.Lore:Trumpet vines of all kinds are exceedingly attractive to hummingbirds which can reach deep into the flowers for their nectaries.