Campsis x tagliabuana 'Madame Galen'

Trumpet creeper

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Plant type

Evergreen climber

Flower colour






Skill level


photo by John Glover, copyright GAP Photos (16435)

Plant details

A large, vigorous and very exotic climber, with large clusters of 5cm (2in) orange-red bell-shaped flowers in late summer and early autumn. 'Madame Galen' is the hardiest and most reliable kind, best grown on a south-facing wall or well-sheltered pergola for good flowering as it is vital that the new growth ripens properly. This is also the ideal situation for showing it off. Although it can be pruned quite hard every year in late winter, it makes a lot of new growth in summer - allow it plenty of room to develop as it needs space to do it justice. The Royal Horticultural Society has given it its prestigious Award of Garden Merit (AGM).

Family: Bignoniaceae

Genus: Campsis

Species: tagliabuana

Cultivar: Madame Galen

Plant type: Evergreen climber

Flower colour: Orange

Foliage colour: Dark green

Feature: Flowers

Sun exposure: Full sun

Soil: Well-drained/light, Acidic, Chalky/alkaline, Moist

Hardiness: Tender

Skill level: Experienced

Height: 1000cm

Spread: 180cm

Time to plant seeds: September to November

Time to prune: February to March

Flowering period: August to September

Reader reviews


I have this on a south facing wall. After four years I am still waiting for it to flower. Perhaps I should prune back harder this year?
It is also a self clinging climber which I like but unfortunately it is often broken by winds even though in s fairly sheltered position.

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