Plant ID forum: ID for plant labeled "tropical flowering plant"

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Name: Neal Linville
Winchester, KY (Zone 6a)
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gemini_sage
Nov 10, 2014 1:17 PM CST
Picked this up at a local grocery store this spring, discounted as it had shed its blooms. It's a woody plant, trained as a standard. I repotted and kept it in a sunny area outside, and it rebounded and bloomed the rest of the summer. The blooms are soft orange, not quite as yellow as they appear in these pics. Any idea what it is?
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Name: Donald
Eastland county, Texas (Zone 8a)
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needrain
Nov 10, 2014 1:34 PM CST
I'd say it was Campsis radicans, but the foliage looks a little broad leaved for that. Still some sort of Campsis perhaps. I'm only familiar with two and I think there are more than that. I'm looking forward to seeing it ultimately identified. Nice looking plant!
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Name: Neal Linville
Winchester, KY (Zone 6a)
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gemini_sage
Nov 10, 2014 1:48 PM CST
I too see the resemblance to Campsis radicans (trumpet vine), and wondered if there are tropical species. Trumpet vine grows wild around here, and can be aggressive, but I'd never seen this plant before this spring. This plant, however, is non-vining, and I believe would be classified as a shrub (the base appears woody).
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Name: Lin
Florida (Zone 9b)
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plantladylin
Nov 10, 2014 6:09 PM CST
Looks like Tecomaria capensis to me, one of the yellow variety:

https://www.google.com/search?q=tecomaria+capensis+aurea&biw...
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Name: Lin
Florida (Zone 9b)
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plantladylin
Nov 10, 2014 6:11 PM CST
More images:

http://commons.wikimedia.org/wiki/File:Tecomaria_capensis_2....

http://keyserver.lucidcentral.org/weeds/data/03030800-0b07-4...
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Name: Lin
Florida (Zone 9b)
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plantladylin
Nov 10, 2014 6:20 PM CST
We had Cape Honeysuckle (Tecoma capensis) growing at our other house and I think I have a small pot of it outside on my deck. The one I have is more a rambler and a bit invasive here. The leaves on my plant look different to me than the ones on your plant but there is a T. capensis with a salmon/orange colored bloom:

http://toptropicals.com/html/toptropicals/plant_wk/tecomaria...

https://ag.arizona.edu/pima/gardening/aridplants/Tecomaria_c...
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Name: Neal Linville
Winchester, KY (Zone 6a)
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gemini_sage
Nov 11, 2014 5:58 AM CST
Lin, you got it! I noticed some had different looking leaves, but did see some among the images with matching foliage too.
Thank you! Now, keeping my fingers crossed I can keep it alive through the winter Smiling
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Name: Lin
Florida (Zone 9b)
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plantladylin
Nov 11, 2014 10:08 AM CST
I can't believe I forgot to include the link to it in our ATP database: Cape Honeysuckle (Tecoma capensis)

Your plant sure is a beauty, I love the bloom color! Is it planted in-ground or do you have it in a container where you can move it indoors during cold weather? I don't think it will survive really low temps for long.
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Name: Neal Linville
Winchester, KY (Zone 6a)
Charter ATP Member I was one of the first 300 contributors to the plant database! Bulbs Cottage Gardener Roses Irises
Garden Ideas: Level 2 Celebrating Gardening: 2015
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gemini_sage
Nov 11, 2014 10:47 AM CST
Its in a pot, and is safely indoors- we've had several nights in the mid to upper 20s. It was full of blooms when I brought it in, but they quickly shed, and its losing a lot of leaves. Hope it can adjust to being indoors.
"...and don't think the garden loses its ecstasy in winter. It's quiet, but the roots are down there riotous." Rumi
Name: Lin
Florida (Zone 9b)
Region: United States of America Morning Glories Region: Florida Houseplants Charter ATP Member I was one of the first 300 contributors to the plant database!
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plantladylin
Nov 11, 2014 11:38 AM CST
Neal: Wow, I guess winter is truly upon some parts of the country already ... it just seems so early to hear of upper 20's but I saw a news report yesterday that showed Minnesota with a lot of snow and it stated some parts of the country can expect temp's 40º below normal for the time of year ... I hope that was a misprint!

Your Cape Honeysuckle should be fine, just be sure not to over-water during the winter months; keep the soil a tad moist but not consistently wet. Even if it loses a lot of leaves (or all of them) it should re-sprout new foliage next spring when you can safely move it back outside again. I've had some tropicals go totally leafless and I thought they were dead but a gentle bend of a stem or branch showed no brittleness at all and new leaves appeared once I was able to move them back out to the deck when warm weather returned.

.... currently 74º here in sunny Florida. Smiling
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Name: Neal Linville
Winchester, KY (Zone 6a)
Charter ATP Member I was one of the first 300 contributors to the plant database! Bulbs Cottage Gardener Roses Irises
Garden Ideas: Level 2 Celebrating Gardening: 2015
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gemini_sage
Nov 11, 2014 1:02 PM CST
Thanks, that gives me hope. Lots of the plants I brought inside are adjusting by losing leaves, I practically have to rake inside the house every day, LOL.

Weather wise, we got spoiled by 10 years or so of mild winters. I'd gotten used to zone 7 and some zone 8 plants surviving in the ground, but last winter brought that to an end. Kinda feeling like this is going to be a long, cold winter too, makes me wish I could just hibernate through it!
"...and don't think the garden loses its ecstasy in winter. It's quiet, but the roots are down there riotous." Rumi

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