Madame galen trumpet creeper

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Madame Galen Trumpetvine flowers

Madame Galen Trumpetvine flowers

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Height: 20 feet

Spread: 24 inches


Hardiness Zone: 6b

Other Names: Trumpetcreeper, Mme. Galen


An extremely beautiful and vigorous vine that can grow over ten feet in a year; very showy orange-scarlet trumpet-shaped flowers in summer; does well in poor soils; extremely attractive to hummingbirds

Ornamental Features

Madame Galen Trumpetvine features bold clusters of orange trumpet-shaped flowers with scarlet overtones and yellow throats at the ends of the branches from mid summer to early fall. It has dark green foliage throughout the season. The serrated pointy pinnately compound leaves do not develop any appreciable fall colour. The fruit is not ornamentally significant.

Landscape Attributes

Madame Galen Trumpetvine is a dense multi-stemmed deciduous woody vine with a twining and trailing habit of growth. Its average texture blends into the landscape, but can be balanced by one or two finer or coarser trees or shrubs for an effective composition.

This is a high maintenance woody vine that will require regular care and upkeep, and can be pruned at anytime. It is a good choice for attracting birds and hummingbirds to your yard, but is not particularly attractive to deer who tend to leave it alone in favor of tastier treats. Gardeners should be aware of the following characteristic(s) that may warrant special consideration;

  • Suckering
  • Invasive

Madame Galen Trumpetvine is recommended for the following landscape applications;

  • Hedges/Screening
  • General Garden Use

Planting & Growing

Madame Galen Trumpetvine will grow to be about 20 feet tall at maturity, with a spread of 24 inches. As a climbing vine, it tends to be leggy near the base and should be underplanted with low-growing facer plants. It should be planted near a fence, trellis or other landscape structure where it can be trained to grow upwards on it, or allowed to trail off a retaining wall or slope. It grows at a fast rate, and under ideal conditions can be expected to live for approximately 20 years.

This woody vine does best in full sun to partial shade. It is very adaptable to both dry and moist locations, and should do just fine under average home landscape conditions. It is considered to be drought-tolerant, and thus makes an ideal choice for xeriscaping or the moisture-conserving landscape. It is not particular as to soil type or pH, and is able to handle environmental salt. It is highly tolerant of urban pollution and will even thrive in inner city environments. This particular variety is an interspecific hybrid.

Campsis x tagliabuana ‘Madame Galen’ (Trumpet Creeper) – A deciduous clinging woody vine with compound leaves consisting of nine leaflets and an abundance of 3 inch long bright reddish-orange trumpet flowers that bloom in loose clusters through much of the summer. Plant in full sun with moderate water. Hardy well below 0 degrees F and useful down to USDA Zone 4. ). This is a large aggressive vine that will attach itself to structures and fence lines by aerial roots. The flowers attract hummingbirds. This is an older hybrid that was first introduced by a French nursery in 1889 and was the result of crossing Campsis radicans (American trumpet vine) with Campsis grandiflora (Chinese trumpet vine). The hybrid benefits from the larger flower size of C. grandiflora and the hardiness of C. radicans. The name given by Roberto de Visiani to the hybrid crosses between these species, originally as Tecoma tagliabuana, honored the brothers Alberto Linneo and Carlo Ausonio Tagliabue, who had furnished him the plant. The name Campsis is a Latin word based on the Greek ‘kampsis’ meaning “bending” (from ‘kampe’ meaning “bend” or “turn”) or “curved” and references the curved stamens of plants in this genus. We no longer offer this plant but grew it from 1997 until 2003. The information on this page is based on research conducted in our nursery library and from online sources as well as from observations made of this plant as it grows in our nursery, in the nursery’s garden and in other gardens that we have observed it in. We also will incorporate comments received from others and always appreciate getting feedback of any kind from those who have additional information, particularly if this information is contrary to what we have written or includes additional cultural tips that might aid others in growing Campsis ‘Mme. Galen’.

Madame Galen Plant Info: Caring For Madame Galen Trumpet Vines

One of the more robust and vigorous flowering vines available is Madam Galen trumpet creeper. What is a Madame Galen vine? This member of the Campsis family produces huge flowers on twining woody stems. Trellises, fences, arbors and even old sheds are excellent sites for growing a Madame Galen. Further information will help you decide if this plant is right for you.

Madame Galen Plant Info

If you need a plant that will both be beautiful and yet doesn’t need much maintenance, try growing a Madame Galen. This gorgeous trumpet vine relative can grow up to 25 feet (7.6 m.) in length and climbs using its aerial roots. In just a couple of seasons, any eyesore in your landscape can be transformed with lacy foliage and bright colored blooms. Best of all, Madame Galen needs no special care and only minimal maintenance.

Madame Galen trumpet vines are a cross between American and Chinese trumpet vines. Campsis tagliabuana owes its genus name to the

Greek ‘kampe,’ which means curved, and refers to the showy stamen of the flowers. The species name is a nod to the Tagliabue brothers, Italian nurserymen that first developed the plant.

The foliage is extremely attractive, shiny green and up to 15 inches (38 cm.) long with 7 to 11 leaflets. The stems are woody and twine around themselves to help support the vine. But it’s the blooms that are the standout. They are 3 inches (7.5 cm.) across, salmon-red to orange-red with yellow throats. The vine will bloom all summer long and is attractive to bees, butterflies and hummingbirds.

Growing Madame Galen Trumpet Creeper

This is a very tolerant plant and thrives in either full sun or partial shade. Madame Galen has the potential to become invasive in some zones, so exercise caution and keep an eye on this rampant grower. It has the capacity to self-seed and produces copious suckers.

Whatever structure it will grow on needs to be quite strong, as a mature vine develops many heavy wooden stems. The vine is also excellent as a ground cover over rockeries or piles of rocks or stumps that need to be hidden.

Madame Galen trumpet vines like a hot, dry area once established.

Care of Madame Galen

Campsis have few insect or pest problems. Keep young vines moist as they establish and help them a bit as they climb initially. The biggest problem is the potential to spread to areas where it is not wanted.

Pruning is necessary to keep the plant from getting out of hand. Campsis flowers grow on new growth, so prune in late winter to early spring before new shoots appear. Cut vines back to within 3 or 4 buds to encourage a more compact plant.

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