The Trumpet Creeper or Catalpa Family

The Catalpa Family has around 120 genera and over 800 species of trees, shrubs and vines. They originate from mostly tropical regions of the world but a few are adapted to more temperate zones. Perhaps the most common genera found in a home landscape are the Catalpa (Catalpa) tree and the trumpet creeper (Campsis) vine.

Trumpet Creeper
Cat's Claw Vine
Tropical Rose Hydrangea
Trumpet Tree
Hardy Gloxinia
Cat's Claw Vine
Princess Tree
African Tulip Tree
Yellow Trumpet Bush

Note on Taxonomy - Plant taxonomy is the art and science of classifying plants into groupings in order to help people make sense of the huge diversity found in the world. The people who do this for a living are called taxonomists. They are continually evaluating and re-evaluating how plants are classified. For example, with the recent emergence of DNA analysis, many plants have been changing classification.

Also, there is no one, single universal classification system for plants. Rather, there is a lot of debate among taxonomists which may lead to confusion for the average gardener. That is why, in these family listings, you often see the words "about" or "around" when counting the number of genera or species to include. It is also why new families are created and some of the old ones suddenly fade away. So, don't be surprised if you find slightly different information at other sites or sources. Oh, well.


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