Two species of deciduous vines, climbing by aerial roots. Leaves opposite, compound (odd-pinnate), leaflets serrated. Flowers funnelform to campanulate, tube curved and expanded to 6 mm diameter, orange, 4 stamens. Fruit a 2-valved, dehiscent capsule. Native to North America (Campsis radicans) and eastern Asia (Campsis grandiflora). There is also a hybrid between the two species, Campsis ×tagliabuana. It originated in the nursery of the Tabliabue brothers of Laniate, near Milan, Italy. Some consider the selection ‘Mme. Galen’ as one of the finer hybrids.
Campsis: from the Greek kampsis, bending, referring to the curved stamens.