Colin Mills, compiler of the Hortus Camdenensis, died in late November 2012 after a short illness. As he always considered the Hortus his legacy, it is his family's intention to keep the site running in perpetuity. It will not, however, be updated in the near future.

Campsis radicans (L.) Seem.

Frost hardy, vigorous climber, usually climbing by aerial roots, with leaves to 10cm long composed of 7-11 toothed, ovate leaflets, and terminal cymes of 4-12 slender, tubular-trumpet-shaped orange to red flowers in summer and autumn.  To 10m.  [RHSE, Hilliers’, Hortus].

Horticultural & Botanical History

‘This deciduous climber is very hardy, and will mount to the summit of the highest tree, or spread over the loftiest wall; hence it is recommended by Miller for covering buildings which are unsightly: in the months of August and September it puts forth its rich magnificent trumpet-like flowers, in bunches at the extremities of its pendant branches, which produce the most charming effect imaginable.’  [BM t.485/1800]. 

Tecoma radicans was introduced to Britain in 1640.  [JD].

History at Camden Park

Listed in all published catalogues [T.160/1843].


Published Feb 25, 2010 - 02:51 PM | Last updated Jul 15, 2010 - 10:41 AM

Figured is a climber with pinnate leaves and narrowly-trumpet-shaped red flowers.  Curtis's Botanical Magazine t.485, 1800.

Campsis radicans (L.) Seem. | BM t.485/1800 | BHL

Family Bignoniaceae
Region of origin

Eastern USA

  • Bignonia radicans L.
  • Tecoma radicans Juss. 
Common Name

Common trumpet creeper

Name in the Camden Park Record

Bignonia radicans 

Confidence level high