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A common vine of floodplain forests and disturbed sites throughout north Florida and the peninsula, south into Brevard County on the east coast, Highlands County inland and Collier County on the west coast. The range extends through much of the central and eastern United States as far as New York & New Hampshire in the northeast, west to Texas through North Dakota, plus Colorado, Utah, California and Washington state. Also found in Ontario.
Trumpet creeper has showy red to orange tubular flowers, 6-8 cm (2-1/3 ~ 3 in.) long, appearing in the spring and summer. The compound leaves are alternate with at least 7 and up to 15 leaflets, usually 7 to 11. The serrate(toothed) leaflets are ovate to broadly lanceolate, tapering to a point and typically 4 cm (~1-1/2") wide and 8 cm (~3") long. The fruit is an elongated bean-like capsule 10 - 20 cm (4 - 8 in.) long, containing many flat winged seeds.
Campsis radicans can easily be distinguished from the similar Bignonia capreolata - cross vine - as the latter has flowers that are yellow on the inside and the leaves have only two leaflets that are entire(untoothed).