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Tecoma stans (Yellow Bells)

Yellow Bells, Yellowbells, Esperanza, Yellow Trumpetbush, Yellow Trumpetflower, Trumpetbush, Trumpetflower, Yellow Elder, Bignonia stans, Stenolobium stans, Tecoma stans var. angustatum

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Tecoma stans, Yellow Bells, Yellowbells, Esperanza, Yellow Trumpetbush, Yellow Trumpetflower, Trumpetbush, Trumpetflower, Yellow Elder, Bignonia stans
Tecoma stans, Yellow Bells, Yellowbells, Esperanza, Yellow Trumpetbush, Yellow Trumpetflower, Trumpetbush, Trumpetflower, Yellow Elder, Bignonia stans

A fast and vigorous grower, Tecoma stans (Yellow Bells) is a showy semi-evergreen shrub or small tree with long droopy branches boasting brilliant clusters of bright yellow trumpet-shaped flowers. Blooming continuously from spring to frost (all year in warm weather climates), the slightly fragrant blossoms attract butterflies and hummingbirds. They contrast nicely against the foliage of odd pinnate bright green leaves adorned with toothed leaflets. The flowers are followed by narrow bean-like seed pods, 8 in. long (20 cm), which dangle from the shrub like Christmas ornaments and are conspicuous in the fall. Prized for its heat and drought tolerance, as well as its spectacular floral display, Tecoma stans has become a popular landscaping plant. It is most often used as a specimen or mixed into a shrub border.

  • Recipient of the prestigious Award of Garden Merit of the Royal Horticultural Society.
  • Grows up to 10-25 ft. (3-8 m) tall and 10-20 ft. wide (3-6 m) – but they can be kept about 6-8 ft. tall and wide (180-240 cm).
  • Easily grown in fertile, organically rich, medium moisture, well-drained soils in full sun or part shade. Best flower production in full sun. Best with regular irrigation that allows enough time for the plant to dry out between waterings. Drought tolerant once established. Fertilize in spring, summer, and autumn.
  • Great as a specimen or massed, in shrub borders or containers.
  • Virtually disease free and pest free.
  • Prune and pinch spent flowers and pods to promote blooming and bushiness.
  • Plants grow easily from seed and can also be propagated from cuttings. Seedlings are easily transplanted and will bloom within two years.
  • Native to the West Indies, Texas, New Mexico, Florida, and Mexico to South America.

Requirements

Hardiness 9 - 11
Heat Zones 10 - 12
Climate Zones 12, 13, 21, 22, 23, 24, H1, H2
Plant Type Shrubs, Trees
Plant Family Bignoniaceae
Common names Esperanza, Yellow Bells
Exposure Full Sun, Partial Sun
Season of Interest Spring (Mid, Late)
Summer (Early, Mid, Late)
Fall
Height 10' - 25'
(3m - 7.6m)
Spread 10' - 20'
(3m - 6.1m)
Spacing 48" (120cm)
Maintenance Low
Water Needs Low, Average
Soil Type Clay, Loam, Sand
Soil pH Acid, Alkaline, Neutral
Soil Drainage Moist but Well-Drained, Well-Drained
Characteristics Fragrant, Plant of Merit, Showy, Semi-Evergreen, Fruit & Berries
Native Plants Arizona, Florida, New Mexico, Southeast, Southwest, Texas, United States
Tolerance Drought, Deer
Attracts Butterflies, Hummingbirds
Garden Uses Beds And Borders, Patio And Containers
Garden Styles Mediterranean Garden
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While every effort has been made to describe these plants accurately, please keep in mind that height, bloom time, and color may differ in various climates. The description of these plants has been written based on numerous outside resources.
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Requirements

Hardiness 9 - 11
Heat Zones 10 - 12
Climate Zones 12, 13, 21, 22, 23, 24, H1, H2
Plant Type Shrubs, Trees
Plant Family Bignoniaceae
Common names Esperanza, Yellow Bells
Exposure Full Sun, Partial Sun
Season of Interest Spring (Mid, Late)
Summer (Early, Mid, Late)
Fall
Height 10' - 25'
(3m - 7.6m)
Spread 10' - 20'
(3m - 6.1m)
Spacing 48" (120cm)
Maintenance Low
Water Needs Low, Average
Soil Type Clay, Loam, Sand
Soil pH Acid, Alkaline, Neutral
Soil Drainage Moist but Well-Drained, Well-Drained
Characteristics Fragrant, Plant of Merit, Showy, Semi-Evergreen, Fruit & Berries
Native Plants Arizona, Florida, New Mexico, Southeast, Southwest, Texas, United States
Tolerance Drought, Deer
Attracts Butterflies, Hummingbirds
Garden Uses Beds And Borders, Patio And Containers
Garden Styles Mediterranean Garden
How Many Plants
Do I Need?

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