By: Bonnie L. Grant, Certified Urban Agriculturist
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.
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 (8 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. It’s the blooms that are the standout though. They are 3 inches (8 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.
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.
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 three to four buds to encourage a more compact plant.
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En av de mer robusta och kraftfulla blommande vinstockar som finns är Madam Galen trumpet creeper. Vad är en Madame Galen vinstock? Denna medlem av familjen Campsis producerar stora blommor på snurrande trästammar. Trelliser, staket, arbors och till och med gamla skjul är utmärkta platser för att odla en Madame Galen. Ytterligare information hjälper dig att avgöra om denna anläggning är rätt för dig.
Average Water Needs Water regularly do not overwater
USDA Zone 6a: to -23.3 °C (-10 °F)
USDA Zone 6b: to -20.5 °C (-5 °F)
USDA Zone 7a: to -17.7 °C (0 °F)
USDA Zone 7b: to -14.9 °C (5 °F)
USDA Zone 8a: to -12.2 °C (10 °F)
USDA Zone 8b: to -9.4 °C (15 °F)
USDA Zone 9a: to -6.6 °C (20 °F)
USDA Zone 9b: to -3.8 °C (25 °F)
USDA Zone 10a: to -1.1 °C (30 °F)
USDA Zone 10b: to 1.7 °C (35 °F)
USDA Zone 11: above 4.5 °C (40 °F)
Grow outdoors year-round in hardiness zone
Can be grown as an annual
This plant is attractive to bees, butterflies and/or birds
May be a noxious weed or invasive
From semi-hardwood cuttings
From hardwood heel cuttings
N/A: plant does not set seed, flowers are sterile, or plants will not come true from seed
This plant is said to grow outdoors in the following regions:
Fallbrook, California(5 reports)
Fuquay Varina, North Carolina
Pisgah Forest, North Carolina
On Apr 30, 2019, yrrej from El Paso, TX wrote:
Trumpet vine is the premier vine grown here in El Paso simply because it does very well and flowers consistently. It drops its leaves in the winter and grows explosively in the spring. On the plus side, it tolerates sun and shade with relatively little water and covers very well. On the negative side, it is highly invasive, growing into and over anything in its way, so requires constant pruning. However, if one wants a vine that actually seems to like our scorching summers and freezing winters and will tolerate a humidity of 10% given a little water, produces pretty flowers that attract hummingbirds, and doesn't mind constantly reining it in, this is the vine.
On Aug 10, 2016, louisehall from Athens, TX (Zone 8a) wrote:
It grows wild here in East Texas and the back country roads are lovely when they are in bloom . I collect the seed pods for trading with friends that do not have them in their area. They do great from seeds and they do bloom.
On Jun 23, 2013, cecilsolly from Edmonds, WA wrote:
Bought plant from respected local nursery. Planted on n. side of property along the s. side of fence in part sun to full sun area. Some shade provided by mature birch in back yard, but not in shadow of the house.After moderate growth, (Where is rapid growth?) and 3 yrs, but no blossoms, took pics back to nursery. Was told it needed 3 to 4 yrs to "get going" and would then run rampant. It is now 5 yrs + (purchased April 08) and a little more growth (about 5-6 ft tall on a trellis but no sign of buds/blossoms. Have tried Ak. fish fertilizer in reg. and "More Bloom" formulas with no blooming results. I must agree with other customers that it is essentially a waste of time. Reading comments seems to point to hot summer areas for the best chance of any blooms. Seattle WA doesn't qualify for tha. read more t category. I think I bought a sterile plant.
On Sep 2, 2012, plantgnome1 from nowhere land, NY (Zone 6b) wrote:
Had this for three years with nominal growth. I decided to pot it and place the pot next to a pine tree with more sun. This year it has climbed the Pine tree. I expect it will flower next year. I check it weekly for errant runners and wrap those around the Pine as well. The area around this potted plant is all Ivy. If it decides to throw runners into the Ivy I would gladly let it go as I hate the Ivy which I inherited from the neighbor whose entire back yard is Ivy. At least this is supposed to get flowers. Will report back next year.
On Feb 26, 2012, beazert from Decatur, TX wrote:
Beautiful flowers, attracts hummingbirds. Easy to grow. Very invasive in the lawn and impossible to get rid of--it pops up everywhere. After five years, it was breaking the latticework apart. The suckers attaching themselves on the 4" cedar posts took the paint right off when I pulled down the vines--I had to sand the posts down to remove the damage. I have cut it to the ground, drilled the stump and poured in stump killer--to no avail. Roundup doesn't begin to eradicate it.
On Oct 26, 2010, Clary from Lewisburg, PA (Zone 6b) wrote:
I had removed this plant after 2 years in the ground but have since dug out shoots over the past few years, so apparently there is some root in the ground that I can't get. I've decided that instead of encouraging the root to travel underground I will allow the plant to grow where I originally planted it and I will keep it pruned like my wisteria (that was the original plan). I wanted the privacy and hummingbirds.
Several of the neighbors have established trumpet vines of various varieties and a few have been pruned to woody trunks like a wisteria. These are neat and attractive and do not seem to be spreading as long as they are maintained.
On May 6, 2009, DianneSlipkid from Oak Harbor, WA wrote:
Mine was planted years ago by a south wall of my house and no matter how much I tend it, it's only bloomed once in the 3 years I've been here. Although its wood looks good on the trellis, I'm constantly trying to keep the new shoots out of the gutters, off the siding in the summer, and the suckers always need digging up.
If it doesn't bloom this year, I'll either cut it to the ground and see what happens next year, or I'll replace it with a climbing rose that can reward my efforts by actually producing flowers.
On Oct 11, 2008, mjolner88 from Bellingham, WA wrote:
I bought one of these "hybrids" by accident at the local nursery for father's day. Before I bought it, I checked the tag 10 times to make sure it was the "native" campsis radicans. After giving it to my dad, and planting it together in his yard, my dad noticed that in tiny 3 point writing, it said "Madame Galen" on the back of the tag. All the other trumpet vines from the same company had the hybrid name right on the front of the tag. not this one.
Needless to say, I wouldn't call this a trumpet vine - it doesn't climb. I've never seen a "vine" that has to be manually draped over things once a day. The only way this vine will climb, is if YOU take a tube of super-glue, and stick the branches to what you want it to "climb" on. What good is this vine for an old man that. read more can hardly walk?
You always hear about how amazing F1 "Hybrid Vigor" can be, but in this case, both species have been "dumbed down".
While this vine grew over 15' feet, it looks like a pile of weeds that have been raked up into a pile and then accidentally kicked. When I think "vine" I think of something that climbs. I don't think "ground cover".
On Aug 2, 2008, azrobin from Scottsdale, AZ (Zone 9b) wrote:
In AZ, it loves the heat. This is the 3rd year for mine. I gave it a severe pruning this spring (almost tempted to yank it) and have tendrils AND runners everywhere. It's blooming prufusely now. I just dug up 4 runners and planted them. 2 from underground runners and 2 from where the leaf node touches the floor and roots itself. Only the 2 that I had cut from underground runners survived.
Beautiful vine, self clinging but make sure you have room for it to climb! Give it time.
I suppose it may only be invasive in some zones?
On Jul 1, 2007, jtriggs1941 from Pickerington, OH (Zone 6a) wrote:
This plant was growing here when I bought my house. Finally I let it grow instead of tearing it out and it has bloomed every year since. It is invasive as I am always pulling up new shoots but it is very pretty so I put up with the inconvenience. I only let it grow up my pergola, up a shepherd's hook and up a fence and it looks gorgous.
On Jun 25, 2007, dicentra63 from West Valley City, UT (Zone 6b) wrote:
My campsis is trained up against an old clothesline post. It has been blooming quite well for six years.
Some vines fail to flower because they get too much nitrogen, so they put all their energy into foliage instead of flowers. My soil is nitrogen-poor, so that might be why I get the blooms.
On Jun 16, 2007, mattlwfowler from Walhalla, SC wrote:
Let me state that the likely reason most people's specimens do not flower is because the plant was likely propagated from new growth rather than mature.
In the case of campsis, the plant must reach the top of the structure that they occupy in order to flower significantly. However, cuttings taken from mature wood usually flower early and profusely. Therefore, it is not necessarily the type of plant in general that is bad, but just the particular specimen that was not propagated properly.
On Apr 26, 2007, lunahumming from Austin, TX wrote:
I LOVE my trumpet vine. It took about 3 years for it to put out flowers, but now it produces beautifully. Mine is located in full sun and during the summer I need to keep an eye on it as far as watering goes because you tend to forget to water it (because it's so hardy) and then one day it's just drooping.
I grew my trumpet vine in El Paso, Texas as well which is very arid. I actually think it does better under more arid conditions.
On Mar 17, 2007, berrygirl from Braselton, GA (Zone 8a) wrote:
Campsis tagliabuana 'Madame Galen' RED TRUMPET VINE Dec (z5) (Hum)
Arching sprays of deep salmon-red flowers during late summer & dark-green compound foliage make this hardy vine a beautiful sight for human or hummingbird eyes. Sun/Med-Dry
On Jun 8, 2006, ncbirdnerd from Pisgah Forest, NC wrote:
I have this vine planted and trained on my deck. This is the third season for it and the leaves and stem growth are healthy, but like one of the other writers, I have yet to see a bloom. I like the vine, but if it does not bloom this year, I will replace it.
On Mar 28, 2005, nevadagdn from Sparks, NV (Zone 7a) wrote:
I haven't seen bloom yet, but this plant has only been in the ground for two years.
On May 29, 2004, sharmoogle from Independence, OH wrote:
I bought Madame Galens (red-orange) from a local nursery several years ago and planted it in a sunny location on a trellis next to our garage. The vine never flowered, but kept sending out new shoots, becoming extremely invasive. It even started growing underneath the siding on our garage. Although the woody vine looks somewhat picturesque (Japanese like) on the metal trellis, today hubby and I dug it out and got rid of it for good. What a waste of time and effort all of these years for an invasive vine that never bloomed! We're replacing it with a clematis.
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Campsis x tagliabuana 'Madame Galen'
Madame Galen Trumpetvine flowers
Madame Galen Trumpetvine flowers
Madame Galen Trumpetvine flowers
Madame Galen Trumpetvine flowers
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
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 color. The fruit is not ornamentally significant.
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
Madame Galen Trumpetvine is recommended for the following landscape applications
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.
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Dan Gerhardt · Gardenality Bud · Zone 8A · 10° to 15° F · Comment About Pruning
Cut back slightly in winter to ensure full blooms during the summer. Takes a couple of years to establish before it blooms, but well worth the wait!
Dan Gerhardt · Gardenality Bud · Zone 8A · 10° to 15° F · Comment About Planting
Very easy to propagate. Just dig up new shoots emerging during summer or fall from rhizome and transplant anywhere you want.
Gardenality.com · Gardenality Genius · Zone 8A · 10° to 15° F
Out of all the plants that attract hummingbirds in my landscape, Madame Galen Trumpet Vine is probably at or close to the top as the best. Unlike the native campsis that blooms for a short period of time, Madame Galen blooms from mid-summer well into fall here in mid-Georgia. This is a very fast-growing vine that, like wisteria, requires a large structure to grow on. Great for growing up tall poles, or the trunk of a large tree.
Gardenality.com · Gardenality Genius · Zone 8A · 10° to 15° F · Comment About Planting
Madame Galen Trumpet Vine is a very fast growing evergreen flowering vine that prefers growing in well-drained to well-drained moist soils and full sun to part shade. It can be useful in the landscape to climb larger structures such as arbors, fences, posts, poles, and even large trees. The vines are self-clinging to wood surfaces. The large, orange-red trumpet flowers produced from July through September are hummingbird magnets.
To plant, dig a hole no deeper than the root ball and two to three times the width of the root ball and fill it with water. If the hole drains within a few hours, you have good drainage. If the water is still standing 12 hours later, improve the drainage in your bed, perhaps by establishing a raised mound.
Turn and break up the soil removed from the planting hole. If the native soil is compacted, or heavy clay, amend with organic compost or a good soil amendment at a 50/50 ratio. This will help to condition the soil as well as hold moisture.
Remove your plant from its container and carefully but firmly loosen the root ball. Set the plant into the hole you've prepared, making sure the top of the root ball is at or slightly above the soil level. Pull your backfill soil mixture around the root ball in the hole, tamping lightly as you go to remove air pockets.
Water thoroughly and cover with a one to two-inch layer of mulch.