Rangoon Creeper

Posted on July 15, 2009by The Arbor Gate

We just had to take a moment to write about this wonderful flowering vine. While the rest of us suffer under this summer’s heat and drought, Rangoon Creeper (Quisqualis indica) thrives in it!
Lovely clusters of red/pink/white blooms hang down from these semi-evergreen vines. The blooms are incredibly fragrant at night. An added bonus is reports of deer resistance!
Rangoon Creeper-A Houston Garden Must Have!

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20 Responses to “Rangoon Creeper”

  1. marlene walker
    Jul 07, 2011
    Reply

    I want to plant a Rangoon Creeper to grow up the wood columns supporting the outside stairs. But I read a warning to not ever let them attach to wood. Do they destroy the wood, and if so, is there a solution to planting them in the ground downstairs (outside) and getting them to grow up to the upstairs landing where I could install some sort of supports that could enable them to grow on line, rope or whatever, ceiling to handrailing, all the way back down the stairs. I want to hide a neighbor’s awful backyard, viewed by everyone who visits. I love the plant, or do you recommend something else that is faster growing? Full sun after about 2:00. And some in the morning. Northern exposure. The 7″ fence on that side is completely covered and growing up the trees and on the ground, with a beautiful blooming Cross Vine that is very healthy. It’s only 3 -4 years old.

    Thank you,


    • The Arbor Gate
      Jul 12, 2011
      Reply

      The Rangoon Creeper is a perennial. It will die back in the winter. It does not bore into the wood, it would definitely need to have supports to climb. There are several alternatives, especially if you would like to have evergreen foliage. Come by and let us show you!


  2. Lucia Snedigar
    Dec 15, 2012
    Reply

    We have planted 5 rangoon creepers against a 4 ft fence. We have realized that we’ll have to change the fence to something taller in order to provide adequate support. Would a 6-8 ft fence be adequate? Does the vine have to be trained in some way or will it secure itself to the fence? They are still quite small, in the 2 ft range, but growing vigorously.


  3. The Arbor Gate
    Dec 17, 2012
    Reply

    Marlene,

    Rangoon creeper is a large growing vine. You will have to provide support, it does not attach itself to the fence. Space them at least 6′ – 8′ apart. They can freeze back in the winter but are root hardy.


  4. Linda Farmer
    Jul 06, 2013
    Reply

    My rangoon creeper is about 3 years and has not bloom since it was planted in the ground. what should I do for it to bloom?


    • The Arbor Gate
      Jul 08, 2013
      Reply

      Rangoon Creeper needs full sun and not too much water. Make sure it is well fed with an organic time released fertilizer. Rangoon Creeper does not like too much water.


  5. Maria Elena
    Sep 24, 2014
    Reply

    Where can I buy these wonderful vines. Please let me know. I can not find them


    • The Arbor Gate
      Sep 24, 2014
      Reply

      We carry them here at The Arbor Gate! We would love for you to come see us.


  6. Vicky Gilbert
    Sep 24, 2014
    Reply

    Will Ragoon Creeper take full sun including hot west sun in Houston? Thank you much!


    • The Arbor Gate
      Sep 24, 2014
      Reply

      Yes, Ragoon Creeper will definitely take our hot west sun!


  7. Vicky Gilbert
    Apr 23, 2015
    Reply

    Will Ragoon Creeper bloom in part sun in Houston?


    • The Arbor Gate
      Apr 24, 2015
      Reply

      Thanks for the question Vicky! It needs at least 6 hours of direct sun to bloom well.


  8. Jody Bowen
    May 29, 2015
    Reply

    I have a rangoon creeper on a very shide of my ash tree, and it has bloomed a little. I just bought another one last year and planted on the other side, under the tree, but where it receives more sun. It is already blooming and sending out dozens of buds. I just have it on the wooden trellis that came in its pot, but it is only about 5 feet tall now.It is an unusual vine in that when the flowers are new, they are white, then go to a pink and finally a deep pink. Most blooms will have all three colors on it. Don’t deprive yourself of this beauty.


  9. patsy
    Feb 21, 2016
    Reply

    We did not have a freeze this year, but some of the leave on my rangoon creeper look a little not really brownish but just a little strange. Should I trim it back?


    • The Arbor Gate
      Feb 22, 2016
      Reply

      Patsy,

      That sounds like typical “winter look” even though we did not get very cold this winter. It will drop that foliage. It never hurts to prune. I would wait until all danger of frost has passed.


  10. Vicky Gilbert
    Mar 03, 2016
    Reply

    Will Rangoon Creeper re-leaf after dropping foliage? Mine has been in ground since last May; should I cut it down to the ground (or 6 inches up) or just prune the ends of the stems?Thank you very very much


    • The Arbor Gate
      Mar 04, 2016
      Reply

      Vicky,

      Rangoon creeper does go dormant in the winter. Cut the stems back until you see green inside the stem.


  11. Connie
    Jul 31, 2016
    Reply

    Finally, my Rangoon creeper bloomed after vinegar, Epsom salt and miracid. Then no more blooms. Does it bloom only once? I’m back to feeding it or killing with the above regimen!


    • Connie
      Aug 14, 2016
      Reply

      Help! When does Rangoon creeper bloom?


      • The Arbor Gate
        Aug 15, 2016
        Reply

        Blooming can be affected by age of the plant, training of the vine (wrapping not running), feeding and ample sun.



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