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Royal Trumpet Vine

Distictis 'Rivers'

An exceptional climber that offers continuous color when other vines start to fade. Handsome, glossy, green foliage backs purple-mauve trumpet-shaped flowers with yellow throats. A strong vine that climbs by tendrils. Use for evergreen cover on a fence, arbor or high wall. A frost-tender evergreen.
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Full sun, Partial sun

Needs regular watering - weekly, or more often in extreme heat.


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Botanical PronunciationDIS-tik-tis
LoreThis trumpet vine is a strong hummingbird lure with its tubular flowers adapted to the bird's long beak.
Average Size at MaturityModerate growing; stems reach 25 to 30 ft. long.
Bloom TimeLate Summer to Fall
Design IdeasThis exquisite vine deserves to be grown up close to outdoor living areas due to the intensely colored blooms. Train onto a porch or balcony weaving through the railings or up the post. Cascades nicely off walls and fences. Exceptional climbing into trees and shrubs in tropical gardens.
Deciduous/ EvergreenEvergreen
Flower AttributeShowy Flowers
Flower ColorRed
Foliage ColorGreen
Garden StyleTropical
Growth HabitClimbing
Growth RateModerate
Landscape UseEspalier, Green Wall, Privacy Screen, Wildlife Garden
Light NeedsFull sun, Partial sun
Soil NeedsFruit Tree & Vine
Special FeatureAttracts Butterflies, Attracts Hummingbirds, Easy Care, Tolerates Acidic Soil, Bird Friendly
Water NeedsModerate
Watering NeedsNeeds regular watering - weekly, or more often in extreme heat.
Companion PlantsBanana (Ensete); Hibiscus (Hibiscus); Princess Flower (Tibouchina); Plumbage (Plumbago); Mandevilla (Mandevilla)

Thrives in most loamy, well-drained soils with consistent moisture. Follow a regular schedule of deep waterings during the first growing season to establish an extensive root system. Feed with a general purpose fertilizer. Provide support such as a trellis or arbor. Prune annually to control size. Protect from temperatures below 30 degrees.

This Plant's Growing Zones: 10-11

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