Trumpet-creeper Campsis radicans
Family: Bignoniaceae (Bignonia)
Branching: Opposite

This is a vine native to the Eastern US, but frequently planted as an ornamental in Canada.   Its flowers make it very conspicuous in the summer, but it doesn't stand out as much in the winter.  It has distinctive leaf scars, which are circular and often sunken (like Catalpa in the same family) and it climbs by using aerial rootlets.

Winter twig of Trumpet-creeper

The sunken leaf scars

The buds are very small

Mature bark starts to peel

This vine climbs by using aerial rootlets

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