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Tecoma stans - Yellow Bells

Note: This plant is not currently for sale. This is an archive page preserved for informational use.  

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Habit and Cultural Information
Category: Shrub
Family: Bignoniaceae (Bignonias)
Origin: Mexico (North America)
Evergreen: Yes
Flower Color: Yellow
Bloomtime: Summer/Fall
Height: 15-20 feet
Width: 6-12 feet
Exposure: Full Sun
Seaside: Yes
Summer Dry: Yes
Irrigation (H2O Info): Low Water Needs
Winter Hardiness: 25-30 F
Tecoma stans (Yellow Bells) - An evergreen, densely branched shrub that will grow 15-20 feet tall (can be trained into a tree). It has bright green opposite leaves, which are pinnately compound with sharply pointed oval leaflets. The 2-3 in long leaflets have sharply toothed edges. They are borne on very short petioles and are slightly hairy on the undersides along the midrib and in the vein axils. The bark on the main trunk is light brown and becomes corky with age. The tubular flowers are 1-2 inches long and hang in showy clusters at the branch tips and forks, bending the twigs into arches with their weight. The blooms appear in flushes throughout the growing season. They are followed by 8 in long string bean-like pods. Plant in full sun, needs little water once established and it tolerates a wide range of soil conditions and drought. Cold tolerance varies by the source but the plants long in cultivation in Southern California have gone through the cold spells of 1990 (18 F) and 2007 (25 F) and rebounded with warmer temperatures of spring with the smaller stems badly damaged. In the wild the species can be found growing on rocky slopes near San Antonio and in the Trans-Pecos, north into New Mexico and Arizona and south to Florida and Puerto Rico and the Virgin Islands - it is the official floral emblem of the US Virgin Islands. It has also naturalized in other locations such as on the islands of Hawaii. Other common names include Yellow Trumpet Vine and Yellow Elder.  The information provided on this page is based on research we have conducted about this plant in our nursery's library, from what we have found about it on reliable online sources, as well as from observations in our nursery of crops of this plant as well as of plants growing in the nursery's garden and those in other gardens. We will also incorporate comments received from others and welcome getting feedback from anyone who may have additional information, particularly if it includes cultural information that would aid others in growing  Tecoma stans.