Quisqualis Indica/Combretum indicum [Chinese honeysuckle/Rangoon creeper]

Amongst the lush foliage of the world’s tropical forests, one will find a predominance of lianas or vine species. One of these creepers is the Quisqualis Rangoon creeper plant.

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Botanical name: Quisqualis Indica/Combretum indicum

Common names: Chinese honeysuckle/Rangoon creeper


Rangoon creeper vine is a woody climbing liana with green to yellow-green lance-shaped leaves. The stems have fine yellow hairs with occasional spines forming on the branches. Rangoon creeper blooms white at onset and gradually darkens to pink, then finally red as it reaches maturity. Flowering in the spring through summer, the 4- to 5-inch star-shaped aromatic blossoms are clustered together. The fragrance of the blooms is most striking at night. Rarely does the Quisqualis fruit; however, when fruiting does occur, it first appears as red in color gradually drying and maturing into a brown, five winged drupe. This creeper, like all lianas, attaches itself to trees in the wild and creeps upwards through the canopy in search of the sun. In the home garden, Quiqualis can be used as an ornamental over arbors or gazebos, on trellises, in a tall border, over a pergola, espaliered, or trained as a specimen plant in a container. With some supportive structure, the plant will arch and form large masses of foliage.


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