Bignonia capreolata 'Helen Fredel'
Helen Fredel Crossvine
Crossvine is a high climbing semi-evergreen vine with bright orange trumpet shaped flowers. It is a good flowering vine that climbs high by tendrils and hold-tights and is effective if planted on a fence or trellis in sun or semi-shade. It flowers heavily in early summer and sporatically later. It does sucker freely from the roots and can become a problem in beds. Now widely available, Crossvine was virtually unavailable from nurseries when Woodlanders began offering it in the early 1980's. This large flowered selection is somewhat between the varieties 'Atrosanguinea' and 'Tangerine Beauty' (which see) being red-orange with a yellow throat. It is from the garden of Helen Fredel in College Station, Texas and it apparently grew previously on an old two story house in her neighborhood. It was shared with us by Greg Grant who recognized that it had larger flowers and good ornamental qualities.
USDA Hardiness Zone 6-9