Cross over to native vine

Meet Tangerine Beauty, a hybrid version of the native crossvine.

Hybrid forms of native plants are ideal ways to add vigor and stamina to your garden. A hybrid is a plant crossed between two parents that belong to different varieties. The cross is usually done to improve the plant's visual and growth characteristics.

The vine -- Bignonia capreolata -- is a member of the trumpet vine family and is native to North America, thriving in woods and swamps from Virginia to Florida and over to Texas, according to Monrovia, a major plant grower (www.monrovia.com).

The easy-to-grow vine produces tangerine blooms in late spring with sporadic bursts of flowers through summer. Its tendrils attach to surfaces so give it some support like a trellis, arbor, fence or tree trunk. The vine needs full sun for best flowering and tolerates all kinds of soils, even poor conditions. It reaches 30 feet long and is semi-evergreen to evergreen during winter, depending on temperatures.

Best of all, you may find a few hummingbirds feeding on its nectar.

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