Orange Esperanza, Orangebells, Orange Trumpet Bush, Orange Star 'Orange Jubilee'


Family: Bignoniaceae (big-no-nih-AY-see-ee) (Info)
Genus: Tecoma (tek-OH-muh) (Info)
Cultivar: Orange Jubilee
Additional cultivar information:(aka Flaming Belles)
Synonym:Tecoma alata
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Foliage Color:

Unknown - Tell us

Bloom Characteristics:

This plant is attractive to bees, butterflies and/or birds

Water Requirements:

Drought-tolerant; suitable for xeriscaping

Where to Grow:

Unknown - Tell us


8-10 ft. (2.4-3 m)


6-8 ft. (1.8-2.4 m)


USDA Zone 7a: to -17.7 C (0 F)

USDA Zone 7b: to -14.9 C (5 F)

USDA Zone 8a: to -12.2 C (10 F)

USDA Zone 8b: to -9.4 C (15 F)

USDA Zone 9a: to -6.6 C (20 F)

USDA Zone 9b: to -3.8 C (25 F)

USDA Zone 10a: to -1.1 C (30 F)

USDA Zone 10b: to 1.7 C (35 F)

USDA Zone 11: above 4.5 C (40 F)

Sun Exposure:

Full Sun



Bloom Color:


Bloom Time:

Late Spring/Early Summer

Mid Summer

Late Summer/Early Fall

Mid Fall




Other details:

Unknown - Tell us

Soil pH requirements:

6.1 to 6.5 (mildly acidic)

6.6 to 7.5 (neutral)

7.6 to 7.8 (mildly alkaline)

Patent Information:

Unknown - Tell us

Propagation Methods:

From semi-hardwood cuttings

From seed; direct sow after last frost

Seed Collecting:

Allow pods to dry on plant; break open to collect seeds


This plant has been said to grow in the following regions:


Huntsville, Alabama

Anthem, Arizona

Buckeye, Arizona

Chandler, Arizona

Maricopa, Arizona

Mesa, Arizona

Phoenix, Arizona (3 reports)

Scottsdale, Arizona

Tempe, Arizona

Escondido, California

Hesperia, California

Palm Springs, California

Richmond, California

Torrance, California

Vista, California

Yorba Linda, California

Sarasota, Florida

Las Vegas, Nevada

Elephant Butte, New Mexico

Austin, Texas (2 reports)

Azle, Texas

Bayside, Texas

Corpus Christi, Texas

Dripping Springs, Texas

Gillett, Texas

Houston, Texas (2 reports)

Iredell, Texas

Kingsland, Texas

Liberty Hill, Texas

Richmond, Texas

Rockport, Texas

San Antonio, Texas

Spring, Texas

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Gardeners' Notes:


On Aug 30, 2014, RustyStar from Redondo Beach, CA (Zone 10a) wrote:

Bought at local nursery in 5 Gallon pot. Was struggling...almost withering...but THEN, I fed it with Dr. Earth Flower Girl fertilizer and it brightened, strengthened and has bloomed all summer! Love it and would love more info on pruning....when and how for Southern California? :)


On Aug 10, 2013, vossner from Richmond, TX (Zone 9a) wrote:

Originally planted in 45 gal pot, I decided to transplant inground, full sun, as it seemed to be outgrowing even this large pot. Did not miss a beat. I decided to train it as a small tree and it is presently about 8 ft tall. It suckers a lot but I remove them quickly, I have also had to corral the branches for a neater look. It is in constant bloom. The past two winters have been milder than average in my z9a, so it was not affected whatsoever. In a more typical winter, it will get scraggly but quickly recover as temperature rises. I adore it.


On Jul 2, 2012, lotone67 from Reno, TX wrote:

Doing great in the southwest corner of our front yard. It takes blazing North Texas Sun all day with no problems. Died back to the roots this past winter and came back in the spring. Its has a lot of pretty orange blooms for the 4th of July.


On Feb 22, 2012, BUFFY690 from Prosperity, SC (Zone 7b) wrote:

I am trying this plant from seed in 2012, loved working with the yellow at my job and it was just beautiful thru all our SC extreme weathers. I am growing the yellow also from seed for 2012. Hoping to make a great deciduous barrier from the neighbors :O)


On Sep 25, 2011, Tootsie74 from Marble Falls, TX wrote:

I saw 2 large plants at the Comfort Suites in Brenham, TX that
were stunning in Sept. 2011. Never had seen this plant that color. They were in full bloom.


On Aug 16, 2010, floydbartsch from Friendswood, TX wrote:

Can one over water this plant which is in a teracotta 3gal.pot?
Very few flowers are showing. I have an established yellow esperanza next to it that is growing great . The orange plant is in its first year.
Thanks Floyd


On Sep 21, 2008, lbrowder from Austin, TX wrote:

I am trying to grow orange bells in a pot. It gets morning sun. I planted it in the spring. We had a very hot summer in Austin with temperatures over 100 degrees for about a month and the edges of the leaves turned brown. I don't know if I overwatered or let it get too dry. It's got a little bit of new growth but not much.


On Aug 14, 2006, thymekiller from Aransas Pass, TX wrote:

I have had moderate sucess propagating this plant both by cuttings, and by seed. Cuttings need to be shaded (filtered light is fine), and misted several times a day until rooted. I used a 75% perlite/25% peat mix to root in. Seeds need to be planted just under the surface-I lay mine on the soil, then cover lightly with vermiculite. I have tried sprouting the seeds in paper towel prior to planting, but I have had no luck so far with that method. If anyone else has any tips, please share them!!! Orange Esperanza does very well here in the coastal bend area of south Texas.


On Aug 11, 2006, Carter from Houston, TX (Zone 9b) wrote:

Just to add, it is a floriforous plant, even if not as much so as Gold Star. The flowers are a very vibrant orange, and mine has continued to flower from late spring and throughout summer. It does have lax branches which tend to weep, particularly under the weight of the flowers at the branch tips. A first year plant may not bloom much, but from second year on, it should bloom very well. Loves full harsh sun and is drought resistant once established.


On Jul 5, 2006, dmj1218 from west Houston, TX (Zone 9a) wrote:

This variety tends to need some sort of support for some of the limbs as they are not as strong as "Goldstar" cultivar. It also does not bloom as freely and as often as "Goldstar". The color is very nice though and the ease of growing and no disease or insect problems make it a worthwhile plant.


On Feb 19, 2005, Candyaz from Chandler, AZ wrote:

The Orange Jubilee is thriving around Chandler, AZ. in various facing directions; and flowers, practically, year round. Also, has grown relatively fast with little water once established.


On Dec 19, 2003, htop from San Antonio, TX (Zone 8b) wrote:

San Antonio, Tx.
Tecoma alata, a heat loving, small tree/large perennial shrub, is an Argentine native that is root-hardy to at least 6F (-14.4 C). It will die back in areas with a heavy freeze, but will resprout in the spring even in Zone 7. It grows 8-10' tall and 6-8' wide and has dark green leaves which make the clusters of trumpet-shaped, orange flowers really stand out. The orange flowers appear throughout the warm season, but this variety does not bloom as prolifically as Gold Star esperanza (yellow blooming). It is drought tolerant and will grow in limestone and sandy soils. To create a fuller plant the following season in frost-free areas, cut it back in the winter. It can be used as a patio plant in colder regions.