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Tecoma Genus

Trumpet bush

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General Needs

  • LightFull sun
  • HardinessFrost tender (min 5°C)
  • SoilWell drained
  • WaterSemi-moist or Dry

Description

Tecoma genus (Trumpet bush). This genus consists of mainly evergreen shrubs and small trees which will grow naturally in tropical areas, and are grown for their clusters of showy yellow to orange, tubular to trumpet-shaped flowers from early spring to late summer. Their leaves are simple or compound with an odd number of leaflets. They are frost tender, min 10-13C and will prefer well drained soil and full light. You should water the potted specimens moderately, but hardly at all in the winter. Propagation is by seed in the spring or by semi-ripe cuttings in the summer.

Characteristics

Evergreens, Shrubs or Trees

Other common names

Yellow bells

Origin

Southern Africa. U.S.A & Argentina

Interest and use

Grown for their flowers from spring to autumn.

Cultivation

They will thrive in full sun with shelter from strong winds, they will need adequate soil moisture in the summer. You can propagate from seeds in the spring or cuttings in summer. May be pruned annually after flowering to maintain as a shrub.

Propagation

Seed in spring or by semi-ripe cuttings in summer.

Pests, diseases or disorders

Red spider mite and whitefly under glass.

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