Campsis × tagliabuana 'Madame Galen'

Tried and Trouble-free Recommended by 3 Professionals
Common Name: trumpet creeper
Type: Vine
Family: Bignoniaceae
Zone: 4 to 9
Height: 15.00 to 25.00 feet
Spread: 6.00 to 12.00 feet
Bloom Time: July to August
Bloom Description: Deep salmon
Sun: Full sun to part shade
Water: Medium
Maintenance: High
Tolerate: Deer, Drought, Clay Soil


Easily grown in most soils. Best in lean soils with regular moisture in full sun. Foliage grows well in shade, but plants need good sun for best flowering. The problem with trumpet vine is usually not how to grow it but how to restrain it. Blooms on new growth, so early spring pruning will not affect the flowering. Vines should be grown on sturdy structures which will be able to support the rather heavy weight of the mature vines. 'Madame Galen' is an aggressive plant which suckers from underground runners and self-seeds, though it is more restrained than Campsis radicans.

Noteworthy Characteristics

'Madame Galen' is a mid-19th century hybrid between Campsis radicans (American trumpet vine) and Campsis grandiflora (Chinese trumpet vine). It produces trumpet-shaped, cantaloupe-orange to salmon-red flowers (to 3" long) which appear in loose clusters (cymes) throughout the summer. It is a woody, clinging vine which attaches itself to structures and climbs by aerial rootlets. It rapidly grows 15-25' high and produces compound, odd-pinnate leaves (to 15" long) which are shiny green above and glabrous below. Each leaf has 7-11 ovate leaflets. Flowers are very attractive to hummingbirds. Flowers are followed by long, bean-like seed pods which split open when ripe releasing numerous 2-winged seeds for dispersal by the wind.


No serious insect or disease problems. Very aggressive spreader.

Garden Uses

Woodland gardens, naturalized areas. Provides quick cover for fences, arbors, trellises, walls or other structures in the landscape. Also may be grown along the ground to cover rock piles or old tree stumps. Good vine for hot, dry sites. Needs lots of room. Excellent for hummingbird gardens.