Plant Profile: Tangerine Dream

Tangerine Dream
Photographed and written by Debby Larsen

Orange Cross Vine (Bignonia capreolata) “Tangerine Beauty” is an easy-to-grow vine that provides abundant blossoms in the spring. The hybrid flowers are orangey-apricot to rust colored with a yellow throat. Each two-inch bloom is trumpet-shaped, formed in clusters of four to eight. This makes quite a display, and will attract hummingbirds to your patio garden. Also, it is an early source of nectar for the birds. After blooming, woody brown seed pods form, four to eight inches in length.
This woody vine climbs by attaching itself to most surfaces by tendrils with claws at the tips and is useful as an arbor or trellis cover. It is fast growing and tolerates full sun. Its glossy green leaves of summer become tinged with red with the cold of the winter.
It does best with regular watering or more often in extreme heat. After it is established, it could be considered drought-resistant. HG

This woody vine climbs by attaching itself to most surfaces by tendrils with claws at the tips. It is useful as an arbor or trellis cover.