Category: Perennials Tropicals and Tender Perennials
Height: 6-8 ft. (1.8-2.4 m) 8-10 ft. (2.4-3 m) 10-12 ft. (3-3.6 m) 12-15 ft. (3.6-4.7 m) 15-20 ft. (4.7-6 m) 20-30 ft. (6-9 m)
Spacing: 36-48 in. (90-120 cm)
Hardiness: 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: Bright Yellow
Bloom Time: Mid Spring Late Spring/Early Summer Mid Summer Late Summer/Early Fall Mid Fall Late Fall/Early Winter
Other details: Average Water Needs; Water regularly; do not overwater Suitable for growing in containers
I just got this plant. Don't know much about it had a similar vine growing up with bigger flowers. Still in pot I will be planting it in the yard soon. Love the flowers they are so pretty. I loved reading about what everyone has written about this beautiful plant and flower.
On Apr 28, 2012, hellnzn11 from Rosamond, CA (Zone 8b) wrote:
I just received some seeds and will plant in a pot, so I can cut it back and bring it in over Winter. That said, it is so gorgeous and never stops blooming, takes easy water and hot days, bad soil. It just does not like long cold and wet winters. Great plant, long bloom season. My zone is 8b, hot, hot, cold, cold.
This lovely plant seems to be really at home in my Mesa, AZ neighborhood. We've cut ours back to keep it on the smaller size, but it blooms around this time (April) and keeps blooming well into the fall. I just love it.
Tecoma Stans had a wide Natural range, and a few varieties. The native TX variety (Tecoma stans var. angustata) has more slender leaves, grows a little bit shorter and is much more drought-tolerant and cold-tolerant. I only lose a few inches @ the tips in the winter, so have stopped pruning it back to the ground. Look for an angustata variety for the same showy blooms but more drought and cold-tolerance.
On Apr 23, 2012, sukai from San Antonio Guadalupe Mexico wrote:
Here in Tucson, just a little lower than the native elevation for this plant, we expect the plant to go down to the ground completely in the winter if it gets cold or freezes. Pruning is simple--we either cut it to the ground or leave the sticks on through the winter and wait to see where they leaf out before pruning off the rest. Very drought tolerant, and will tolerate extra water to produce extra growth. Not picky about soils or exposures.
On May 30, 2011, cmooreblessed from Georgetown, TX (Zone 8b) wrote:
This plant does really well with little care or water once established. It seems to propogate very easily too. When pruning I accidentally left a peice on the ground in the flowerbed and I was pleasantly surprised to find it has become another plant with no help from me.
On Nov 20, 2010, debbee777 from Schulenburg, TX wrote:
I live on the line of zone 8-9 in Texas. My Esperanza Yellow Bells has done very well here. Beautiful plant. Hardy. However, last winter during a cold snap my cover blew off a large plant in the ground on the north side of the house and it froze back and did not come back. I have other plants however. My plants get very tall. It is difficult to cover them in winter. I think I need to prune them, but not sure. If anyone knows about pruning and winter care of these plants I'd like to hear. I'm not sure what variety I have.
On Aug 15, 2009, hmingbrd from Sebastian, FL (Zone 9b) wrote:
I love this plant! It has (so far) been trouble-free and thrives in our hot FL summer waether. The guy at the local nursery where I bought it told me to keep the seed pods clipped off to encourage new blooms.
On Mar 26, 2009, htop from San Antonio, TX (Zone 8b) wrote:
I have not grown this plant; however, I have observed it growing in its native environment. Yellow Elder, Trumpet Bush, Yellow Bells, Ginger-Thomas, Esperanza (Tecoma stans) is native to Arizona, Florida, New Mexico, Texas, Puerto Rico and the Virgin Islands. It was introduced to Hawaii and has naturalized.
On Jan 25, 2009, steadycam3 from Houston Heights, TX (Zone 9a) wrote:
I have 3 of these plants in my garden and am thinking of ways to use it more. It tolerates Houston's climate beautifully. There is one in the area between the side walk and the street in front of a restaurant growing in rocky, poor soil and no shade ever. I dont know if anyone ever waters it and it just looks glorious in the summer heat. I have seed for the orange variety and will root some seedlings to use in my garden along with the beautiful yellow ones. I grew all mine from seed and it was easy. A really wonderful plant. One of mine has an underplanting of bloodleaf, begonias and zinnias and the other 2 have under plantings of Plumbago.
Kept this plant in a pot last year and it bloomed beautifully. The hummingbirds loved it. I think I should have given it some winter protection. There are 3 seedlings that have sprouted in the pot. I hope they are the Yellow Bells. If I killed it off I plan on buying another.
On Nov 7, 2005, crowellli from Houston, TX (Zone 9a) wrote:
I've grown this plant for a number of years in Houston. It's has not only survived our high heat and humidy, but it's thrived! It grows to between 8 and 10 feet tall and blooms non-stop until frost, survives drought and has no pest problems. I have it underplanted with blue plumbago and next to a picotee Duranta and the colors look wonderful together.
On Oct 24, 2004, imway2dumb from Gordonville, TX (Zone 7b) wrote:
Perfomed very well for me in a container. Attracted both hummers and butterflies. I had the cultivar Esperanza and have collected seeds for next year and for trade. Will have to figure out a way to overwinter the mother plant which should not be difficult in zone 7b.
This plant has been said to grow in the following regions:
San Juan, Kinsey, Alabama Orange Beach, Alabama Chandler, Arizona Lake Havasu City, Arizona Maricopa, Arizona Mesa, Arizona Phoenix, Arizona Queen Creek, Arizona Scottsdale, Arizona Tucson, Arizona Yuma, Arizona Clayton, California El Cajon, California Fairfield, California Fresno, California Long Beach, California Rosamond, California Valley Center, California Bartow, Florida Big Pine Key, Florida Bushnell, Florida Campbell, Florida Cape Coral, Florida Citrus Ridge, Florida Coral Springs, Florida Cypress Lake, Florida Delray Beach, Florida East Lake, Florida Gainesville, Florida (2 reports) Jacksonville, Florida (2 reports) Keystone, Florida Macintosh, Florida Margate, Florida Merritt Island, Florida Micco, Florida New Port Richey, Florida Palm Beach Gardens, Florida Pembroke Pines, Florida Port Saint Lucie, Florida (2 reports) South Daytona, Florida St Petersburg, Florida Umatilla, Florida Derby, Kansas Oberlin, Louisiana Youngsville, Louisiana Las Vegas, Nevada (2 reports) Albuquerque, New Mexico Elephant Butte, New Mexico Enid, Oklahoma Centerville, South Carolina Abilene, Texas Austin, Texas (3 reports) Bedford, Texas Brownsville, Texas Carrollton, Texas Colmesneil, Texas Conroe, Texas Corpus Christi, Texas Crawford, Texas Cross Mountain, Texas Dalworthington Gardens, Texas Fort Worth, Texas (2 reports) Georgetown, Texas Gillett, Texas Hackberry, Texas Houston, Texas (5 reports) Kingsland, Texas League City, Texas Mcallen, Texas Midland, Texas Richmond, Texas San Antonio, Texas Santa Fe, Texas Tomball, Texas Christiansted, Virgin Islands