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Deciduous garden climber

Observed: 28th August 2012 By: Rachy RamoneRachy Ramone is knowledgeable about PlantsRachy Ramone’s earned reputation in PlantsRachy Ramone’s earned reputation in PlantsRachy Ramone’s earned reputation in PlantsRachy Ramone’s earned reputation in Plants
Aug 2012
Aug 2012
Description:

Climber: self-clinging; deciduous; woody stem; non-spiny; pinnate leaves, opposite.
The plant is severely stunted due to being in a small pot, unwatered, infested with scale insects and generally neglected. I don't know how big it would "normally" grow.
I have no idea what it is: it has never yet flowered, probably due to the poor conditions.
Any suggestions, anyone?

Identifications
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    Likely ID
    Chinese Trumpet Vine (Campsis grandiflora)
    Confidence: It's likely to be this, but I can't be certain.
Species interactions

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Comments

markwilson's picture

Looks a bit like Leycesteria

Looks a bit like Leycesteria but lvs are too toothed for the one I have

Rachy Ramone's picture

Alas, not Leycestaria

Hi Mark, thanks for your input but it's definitely not Leycestaria: I am very familiar with those.

They tend to grow with stout, fleshy new shoots from the base, with the older woody shoots dying off.

This climber is much more one woody stem, like a vine, with very thin shoots from the main stem and - this year - from the base.

It also clings to the wall via aerial roots, as common ivy (Hedera helix) does: and which Leycestaria, being what you might call a free-standing shrub, doesn't.

But thanks anyway!

Rachy

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steve_t's picture

Campsis grandiflora can grow

Campsis grandiflora can grow to 6 metres and has clusters of trumpet shaped flowers that are orange with yellowish throats. Best grown in south or south-west facing position, a fence or wall would be ideal.
Steve.

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An interesting suggestion..

Steve, thank you for your suggestion, it's currently in the lead!

I'll see if I can find any additional features of Campsis to compare to the actual plant: it may now have to wait until next year, as the leaves are dropping.

Rachy

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