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Campsis radicans

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Question: plant recognition

Dear Gardening.it,

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 in attachment.

Thanking you for your attention, I offer cordial greetings

Daniela


Campsis radicans: Answer: plant recognition

Dear Daniela,

congratulations for the nice 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 vigorous but not excessively extensive vegetation (it does not develop excessively as 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 yellow or pinkish flower varieties, 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 grow, 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 pot. Watering is provided only when the soil is dry, and if the plant is grown in the ground, within 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 you sent us a photo of is also a member of the bignoniac family, and like bignonia it is native to the American continent, even if for centuries it has been cultivated in a large part of the globe, for the beauty of its flowers; it is a jacaranda mimosifolia, widely used as a road tree in some areas of Sicily; it has an erect stem and can reach 6-10 meters high; the flowers bloom in summer, and are of the color of the wisteria, very large and tubular; the leaves in this species are very reminiscent of those of mimosa, as the botanical name also suggests. Jacarandas are also widespread in Australia and South Africa, where they bloom in the height of summer, or during the Christmas period in the southern hemisphere. Jacaranda trees are hardly seen in Italy, because our winters are excessively harsh and humid and this tree does not like frosts, even if they are short and light; for this reason, if you do not live in Sicily, or in another area of ‚Äč‚ÄčItaly with mild winters, jacaranda for you can only be a shrub to grow in pots, so you can move it to a sheltered place when the winter. There are hardly any specimens of jacaranda in the nurseries of central and northern Italy; it is easier to find the seeds, online or in nurseries particularly equipped with seeds; if you decide to sow a jacaranda, however, consider that you will have to wait a few years before seeing its wonderful flowering.

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