Esperanza (Tecoma stans)

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General Plant Information (Edit)
Plant Habit: Shrub
Tree
Life cycle: Perennial
Sun Requirements: Full Sun
Full Sun to Partial Shade
Water Preferences: Mesic
Soil pH Preferences: Neutral (6.6 – 7.3)
Slightly alkaline (7.4 – 7.8)
Minimum cold hardiness: Zone 7b -15 °C (5 °F) to -12.2 °C (10 °F)
Maximum recommended zone: Zone 11
Plant Height: 15 to 20 feet
Plant Spread: 4 to 6 feet
Leaves: Evergreen
Semi-evergreen
Deciduous
Flowers: Showy
Flower Color: Yellow
Bloom Size: 1"-2"
Flower Time: Summer
Late summer or early fall
Underground structures: Taproot
Suitable Locations: Xeriscapic
Uses: Flowering Tree
Will Naturalize
Suitable for forage
Wildlife Attractant: Bees
Hummingbirds
Resistances: Humidity tolerant
Drought tolerant
Propagation: Other methods: Cuttings: Tip
Other: Semi-woody fresh tip cuttings
Containers: Suitable in 3 gallon or larger
Needs excellent drainage in pots
Awards and Recognitions: Other: National Flower of the Bahamas; Official Flower of the United States Virgin Islands

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Posted by Dutchlady1 (Sunny Naples, Florida - Zone 10a) on Oct 23, 2011 7:39 PM

In my region of Southwest Florida this plant can indeed become invasive. However, its cheerful yellow flowers are such a splash of sunshine that it is worth growing anyway. For me this blooms from spring to late fall.

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Posted by CarolineScott (Calgary - Zone 4a) on Dec 23, 2011 6:12 PM

On researching this plant: It is the national flower of the Bahamas.
The plant has one problem: It attracts bees, but the honey will be contaminated by an alkaloid, which is in the pollen.

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Posted by plantladylin (Sebastian, Florida - Zone 10a) on Sep 29, 2011 12:30 PM

Tecoma stans is found in desert shrublands and dry forests from Texas and Arizona south to Argentina. It has naturalized in the southern part of Florida and has become invasive in some areas of the Pacific Islands. Yellow Bells is a densely branched shrub or small tree that can reach heights of 8 to 10 feet. It prefers full sun and is drought tolerant once established. This plant has bright green, sharply toothed leaves and during the summer months it produces clusters of bright yellow trumpet shaped flowers.

I received a cutting of this plant a few years ago. It rooted quickly but has been a slow grower, possibly because I grow it as a container plant. It's one of my favorite bright yellow summer bloomers!

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Posted by robertduval14 (Mason, New Hampshire - Zone 5b) on Sep 24, 2016 6:16 PM

Official tree of the US Virgin Islands.

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Plant Events from our members
piksihk On March 3, 2018 Transplanted
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Keeping in the house until spring.
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lovesblooms On February 22, 2017 Plant Ended (Removed, Died, Discarded, etc)
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