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Campsis radicans


Question: plants recognition


Dear,
I hope you can tell me what they are called
1) the creeper with red flowers
2) and the tree with blue flowers (of which Palermo is full but nobody knows its name).
which I send you as an attachment.
Thanking you for your attention, I extend cordial greetings
Daniela


Campsis radicans: Answer: plants recognition


Dear Daniela,
congratulations for the beautiful photos you sent us; the orange-flowered creeper is a bignonia, also called campsis radicans; it is a deciduous creeper, which in Italy is grown in the garden without major problems, both in Lombardy and in Sicily. It produces a vigorous vegetation, but not excessively extensive (it does not develop excessively like wisteria do, so to speak, but if left free it tends to cover a good deal of space), with beautiful dark green foliage, which develops starting from April or May; the flowers bloom in summer, in large clusters; they are not perfumed, but they are definitely very beautiful and decorative. There are also varieties with yellow or rosé flowers, but the most widespread species in our nurseries has the flowers of that intense orange color that shows us in his photographs. It is not a difficult plant to cultivate, just a sunny place, sheltered from the wind that could ruin the thin branches, a support on which to climb, and good soil, in the garden or in a large vase. Watering is provided only when the soil becomes dry, and if the plant is grown in the ground, over a period of 2-3 years it tends to become very low maintenance, because it is satisfied with the rains, even in the height of summer. The tree of which you have sent us a photograph is also a member of the bignoniacee family, and like bignonia it is native to the American continent, although for centuries it has been grown in most of the globe, due to the beauty of its flowers; it is a jacaranda mimosifolia, widely used as road tree in some areas of Sicily; it has an erect stem, and can reach 6-10 meters in height; the flowers bloom in summer, and are the color of wisteria, very large and tubular; the leaves in this species are very reminiscent of those of the mimosa, as the botanical name suggests. The jacarandas are also widespread in Australia and South Africa, where they bloom in the middle of summer, or in the Christmas period in the southern hemisphere. In Italy you rarely see jacaranda trees, because our winters are excessively rigid and wet and this tree does not like frosts, even if short and light; for this reason, if you do not live in Sicily, or in another area of ‚Äč‚ÄčItaly with mild winters, the jacaranda for you can only be a shrub to be cultivated in pots, so that it can be moved to a sheltered place on arrival of the winter. There are hardly any examples of jacaranda in the nurseries of central and northern Italy; it is easier to find the seeds, online or in nurseries particularly supplied with seeds; if you decide to sow a jacaranda, however, consider that you will have to wait a few years before seeing the beautiful flowering.