Cross vine is native to north Florida and the southeastern U.S. This is an
evergreen vine with leaves held on the stem in four’s. Large orange-yellow to
red flowers are produced in spring. These long, tubular flowers are pollinated
by hummingbirds. While it is used primarily as a landscape plant today, native
Americans used the bark and roots to treat a variety of ailments.
See plants on the wood fence along the UNF Drive loop behind buildings 5 and 6.
A woody vine (liana) capable of climbing to fifty feet high or more.
Light: full sun to shade
Water: moderately drought tolerant when established, tolerates moist sites
Soil: average soil, wide pH tolerance, no special requirements
Cross vine can grow in sun or shade and seems to grow best
in moist sites. It is a moderate sized vine appropriate for a fence. It can
grow straight up tree trunks and other supports by use of its short tendrils.
In a good location, it is capable of rapid growth.
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