Cross Vine:

By William T. Hathaway

Cross Vine (Bignonia capriolata)

I have supplemented my previous article about the Cross Vine by adding an image of a cross-section of the woody stem: the transverse section of the stem illustrates the cross-shaped pith.

This woody vine may climb to a height of 20 meters. Ordinarily the flowers are blossoming so high that they are overlooked by passers-by. The flowers appear in April–June. Locally, the Cross Vine is fairly common along the edges of the Dan River; it can also be found in alluvial woods and mixed deciduous woodlands.