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Tecoma alata is often confused with:
Tecoma stans Tecoma stans
Plants that fill a similar niche:
Lantana camara 'Miss Huff' Background plant with Monarda didyma, summer, Moore County
Canna Flower
Buddleja globosa Buddleja globosa

Tecoma alata

Previously known as:

  • Tecoma stans 'Orange Jubilee'
Phonetic Spelling
Ta-CO-ma a-LA-ta
Description

Orange Bells is a large evergreen shrub in the begonia family with tropical-looking showy orange tubular flowers.  It is used as an accent shrub, a screen, specimen or in the back of border.

It does poorly in shade. It is more cold tolerant than Tecoma stans though it will freeze to the ground in the winter.

Insects, Diseases, and Other Plant Problems:  Highly alkaline soilis will cause chlorosis.  

See this plant in the following landscape:
Cultivars / Varieties:
Tags:
#hummingbirds#full sun tolerant#drought tolerant#wildlife plant#nectar plant#orange flowers#tubular flowers#low maintenance#fast growing#privacy#large shrub#seed pods#screening#green leaves#border back#garden walls#tropical feel#container plants
 
Cultivars / Varieties:
Tags:
#hummingbirds#full sun tolerant#drought tolerant#wildlife plant#nectar plant#orange flowers#tubular flowers#low maintenance#fast growing#privacy#large shrub#seed pods#screening#green leaves#border back#garden walls#tropical feel#container plants
  • Attributes:
    Genus:
    Tecoma
    Species:
    alata
    Family:
    Bignoniaceae
    Life Cycle:
    Woody
    Recommended Propagation Strategy:
    Seed
    Stem Cutting
    Country Or Region Of Origin:
    Peru and Northern Chile
    Wildlife Value:
    Attracts hummingbirds and butterflies.
    Play Value:
    Attractive Flowers
    Attracts Pollinators
    Colorful
    Easy to Grow
    Screening
    Dimensions:
    Height: 10 ft. 0 in. - 12 ft. 0 in.
    Width: 8 ft. 0 in. - 10 ft. 0 in.
  • Whole Plant Traits:
    Plant Type:
    Shrub
    Woody Plant Leaf Characteristics:
    Broadleaf Evergreen
    Habit/Form:
    Erect
    Open
    Growth Rate:
    Rapid
    Maintenance:
    Low
    Texture:
    Medium
  • Cultural Conditions:
    Light:
    Full sun (6 or more hours of direct sunlight a day)
    Partial Shade (Direct sunlight only part of the day, 2-6 hours)
    Soil Texture:
    Loam (Silt)
    Shallow Rocky
    Soil pH:
    Neutral (6.0-8.0)
    Soil Drainage:
    Good Drainage
    Moist
    Occasionally Dry
    Available Space To Plant:
    12-24 feet
    USDA Plant Hardiness Zone:
    8b, 8a, 9b, 9a, 10b, 10a, 11b, 11a
  • Fruit:
    Fruit Color:
    Brown/Copper
    Fruit Length:
    > 3 inches
    Fruit Width:
    < 1 inch
    Fruit Description:
    Unsightly long narrow brown seedpods
  • Flowers:
    Flower Color:
    Orange
    Flower Inflorescence:
    Raceme
    Flower Value To Gardener:
    Long Bloom Season
    Showy
    Flower Bloom Time:
    Fall
    Spring
    Summer
    Flower Shape:
    Trumpet
    Flower Description:
    Large elongated orange trumpet shaped flowers. Partial sun reduces flowering.
  • Leaves:
    Woody Plant Leaf Characteristics:
    Broadleaf Evergreen
    Leaf Color:
    Green
    Leaf Type:
    Compound (Pinnately , Bipinnately, Palmately)
    Leaf Arrangement:
    Opposite
    Leaf Margin:
    Serrate
    Hairs Present:
    No
    Leaf Description:
    Pinnately compound opposite leaves coarsely serrate
  • Stem:
    Stem Color:
    Brown/Copper
    Gray/Silver
    Stem Is Aromatic:
    No
    Stem Lenticels:
    Conspicuous
    Stem Description:
    Brownish-gray stems and stem lenticels present.
  • Landscape:
    Landscape Location:
    Container
    Patio
    Rock Wall
    Landscape Theme:
    Butterfly Garden
    Drought Tolerant Garden
    Pollinator Garden
    Design Feature:
    Accent
    Border
    Hedge
    Screen/Privacy
    Specimen
    Attracts:
    Butterflies
    Hummingbirds
    Resistance To Challenges:
    Drought
    Heat
    Humidity