Yellow Trumpet Vine

Macfadyena unguis-cati

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.
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Once established, water occasionally; more in extreme heat.


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Botanical Pronunciationmak-fad-e-EN-ah un-gu-is-KAT-eye
LoreTrumpet vines of all kinds are exceedingly attractive to hummingbirds which can reach deep into the flowers for their nectaries.
Average Size at MaturityVigorous stems quickly reach 20 to 25 ft. long.
Bloom TimeSpring
Design 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.
Deciduous/ EvergreenSemi-evergreen
Flower AttributeShowy Flowers
Flower ColorYellow
Foliage ColorGreen
Garden StyleMediterranean, Rustic, Tropical
Growth Habit10
Growth RateFast
Landscape UseErosion Control, Espalier, Poolside, Coastal Exposure, Ground Cover
Light NeedsFull sun
Soil NeedsFruit Tree & Vine
Special FeatureNaturalizes Well, Waterwise, Fast Growing, Heat Loving
Water NeedsLow
Watering NeedsOnce established, water occasionally; more in extreme heat.
Companion PlantsCalifornia Lilac (Ceanothus); Agapanthus (Agapanthus); Lantana (Lantana); Bird of Paradise (Strelitzia); Plumbago (Plumbago)

Thrives 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.

This Plant's Growing Zones: 9-11

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