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Normally Tecoma is an evergreen plant though sometimes in cold the plants may lose leaves during the winter cold months. It has vibrant coloured flowers and is a fast-growing shrub. This plant can stand high humidity and temperature. The flowers are trumpet-shaped with tips folded back and bloom in clusters all through the year. The growth tips that shoot out from these plants may lean on other plants’ branches, walls, fences etc.
The scientific name of these plants is Tecoma capensis and the common name is Cape honeysuckle. The other names are Yellow bells, Ginger Thomas, Yellow elder and Yellow trumpetbush. It belongs to the family of Bignoniaceae. Though it is kind of a desert plant, it has green foliage. The base colour of the flowers is red-orange while the interior of the flowers is yellow in colour. These flowers are known to attract butterflies, hummingbirds, and bees.
It is very easy to take care of these plants.
When grown as a single plant these plants are outstanding and when grown with water-saving plants that create subtropical mini oasis these plants seem harmonious.
Heavy pruning and removal of seed pods encourage continual and prolific re-blooming of the plants. Though these plants prefer xeric landscapes still it responds to fertilization and moisture in the soil.
Being tolerant to not so frequent waterings these plants proliferates well when watering is done at a medium rate.
If planted in soil which is rich the plants would need more water.
Well-drained desert type of soil is preferred by these plants and if planted in normal location soil needs to be amended.
These plants grow well under full sunlight and prefer a temperature between twenty degree Celsius and thirty degree Celsius.
The bloom time of these plants is early summer. They bear beautiful orange flowers.
These plants grow to a height of eight feet to ten feet.
Application of any kind of organic fertilizers is good for the growth of these plants.
Leaves of these plants have culinary usages and these plants are also used for ornamental purposes. These plants also have medicinal usages and helps in reducing pain. These plants are often used to cover a block wall or a window which is west facing.