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Care of the plant Tecoma stans or Yellow bells.

Care of the tree Tecoma stans or Yellow bells

The genus Tecoma, family Bignoniaceae, comprises 14 species of shrubs and small trees native to America and South Africa. Some species are: Tecoma stans, Tecoma capensis, Tecoma rosifolia, Tecoma sambucifolia, Tecoma castanifolia.

Common names: Cape honeysuckle, Cape Trumpet-Flower. This species is native to the Americas.

They are small trees or large shrubs that reach 10 meters (32.8 feet) in height. The evergreen leaves are divided into oval-lanceolate leaflets with a serrated edge. The showy yellow flowers appear in clusters, are scented and are trumpet-shaped. They bloom in summer and early fall. They produce fruits in the form of hanging pods.

These fast-growing plants are used in bushy groups, as isolated specimens, in hedges, in windbreaks, to repopulate poor areas of the garden and in pots for patios and terraces. They are ideal for Mediterranean coastal gardens. Watch their spread because they tend to be invasive.

Tecoma stans need in full sun exposure and warm-temperate temperatures. They resist occasional frosts. In winter they usually go to rest.

They grow in any well-drained soil but appreciate that it contains organic matter.

They are quite resistant to drought plants; water regularly all year long waiting for the soil to dry out.

Fertilize with manure or humus in early spring.

Prune the groups of pods (fruits) to favor the appearance of more clusters of flowers.

They are quite resistant plants to the usual pests and diseases.

They are propagated from semi-mature cuttings during the summer or by seeds sown in the spring (they take about 10 days to germinate).

Images of the tree Tecoma stans or Yellow bells

Tecoma stans
Tecoma stans
Tecoma stans
Tecoma stans
Tecoma stans