I Am a Trumpet Vine


This is a Trumpet Vine blossom (Campsis radicans) at Shady Grove Preserve in Ocala Florida. This graceful, hardy vine blooms throughout the month of June in Florida. They can live over 100 years; usually they are as old as the trees that they climb.

Contrary to popular belief, these vines do not harm trees, they are an important and beneficial part of the woodland ecosystem.  While it is true that trumpet vines can overwhelm a young tree, they rarely kill them. Trumpet vines live in a symbiotic, mutually beneficial relationship with the trees and the woodlands.

Unlike the damaging vines that bind and constrict the trees; choking them.  The trumpet vines form a light and airy net through the tree tops. Their foliage adds shade the woodland floor, keeping it 10 – 20 degrees cooler than the sunlit fields. –Helping to hold moisture in the soil while giving squirels, birds, an assortment of reptiles and a wealth of insect life shelter and connections to the surrounding trees, –their own private habitat high above the ground.

Meanwhile, in the ground, the vine’s root system helps strengthen, and nourish the tree’s root system, making a stronger longer-lived tree.  Knitting the trees into woodlands, both above and below the ground, so that than none stand alone.  –Especially important in the face of hurricanes and such.

Killing these vines is harmful for the trees, the forest, and the wildlife, not to mention the loss of such proud and lusty blossoms

that make the trees bloom with color in the early summer heat,

and litter my cool and shady trails with red and orange trumpets…

2 comments

  1. Again, I loooove the personalization POV you take for your Shady Grove Preserve residents. As in “I Am Trumpet Vine.” Any plant that works above and below ground to stabilize its micro community — and any plant that’s figured out how to have a life span of up to 100 years!! — makes me say: I Am Awed.

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