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Tecoma, Esperanza, Ginger-Thomas, Trumpet Bush, Yellow Bells 'Gold Star'

Tecoma stans

Family: Bignoniaceae (big-no-nih-AY-see-ee) (Info)
Genus: Tecoma (tek-OH-muh) (Info)
Species: stans (stanz) (Info)
Cultivar: Gold Star
Additional cultivar information:(aka Lonesp)
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Tropicals and Tender Perennials

Water Requirements:

Average Water Needs; Water regularly; do not overwater

Sun Exposure:

Full Sun



Foliage Color:

Unknown - Tell us


36-48 in. (90-120 cm)


24-36 in. (60-90 cm)


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)

Where to Grow:

Unknown - Tell us


Parts of plant are poisonous if ingested

Bloom Color:

Bright Yellow

Bloom Characteristics:

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

Flowers are fragrant

Bloom Size:

Unknown - Tell us

Bloom Time:

Late Spring/Early Summer

Mid Summer

Late Summer/Early Fall

Mid Fall

Late Fall/Early Winter

Blooms repeatedly

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 seed; direct sow outdoors in fall

From seed; winter sow in vented containers, coldframe or unheated greenhouse

From seed; sow indoors before last frost

From seed; direct sow after last frost

Seed Collecting:

Collect seedhead/pod when flowers fade; allow to dry

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


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

Orange Beach, Alabama

Bullhead City, Arizona

Lake Havasu City, Arizona

Phoenix, Arizona

Tucson, Arizona

Hayward, California

Poway, California

San Leandro, California

Santa Clara, California

Big Pine Key, Florida

Daytona Beach, Florida

Delray Beach, Florida(2 reports)

Dunnellon, Florida

Floral City, Florida

Fort Lauderdale, Florida

Fort Mc Coy, Florida

Jacksonville, Florida

Naples, Florida

Orange Park, Florida

Palm Coast, Florida

Punta Gorda, Florida

Saint Petersburg, Florida

Winter Haven, Florida

Deridder, Louisiana

Kenner, Louisiana

Lafayette, Louisiana

New Orleans, Louisiana(2 reports)

Saint Francisville, Louisiana

Las Vegas, Nevada(2 reports)

Elizabeth City, North Carolina

Muskogee, Oklahoma

Tulsa, Oklahoma

Bluffton, South Carolina

Alice, Texas

Alvin, Texas

Austin, Texas

Azle, Texas

Bellaire, Texas

Blanco, Texas

Brownsville, Texas

Bryan, Texas

Carrollton, Texas

Colmesneil, Texas

Conroe, Texas(2 reports)

Corpus Christi, Texas(2 reports)

Cypress, Texas

Emory, Texas

Fort Worth, Texas(2 reports)

Georgetown, Texas

Gillett, Texas

Houston, Texas

Katy, Texas

Kerrville, Texas

Manor, Texas

Mc Dade, Texas

Mission, Texas

Montgomery, Texas

New Caney, Texas

Port Neches, Texas

Portland, Texas

Princeton, Texas

Rockport, Texas

Rosharon, Texas

Round Rock, Texas

San Antonio, Texas(6 reports)

Sandia, Texas

Sherman, Texas

Spring, Texas

Sugar Land, Texas

Tehuacana, Texas

Tomball, Texas

Victoria, Texas

Christiansted, Virgin Islands

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Gardeners' Notes:


On Oct 23, 2016, coriaceous from ROSLINDALE, MA wrote:

Begins blooming much earlier in the season than other cultivars, and blooms till frost stops it. Longer bloom season than other clones.

This cultivar was found by Texas breeder Greg Grant in a private San Antonio garden.


On Apr 15, 2013, BayAreaTropics from Hayward, CA wrote:

I had one rot out in a pot one winter. The other planted in ground has been easy care,a little slow growing. But it flowers all summer in the bay area's 10a. Very Mandevilla looking and goes semi deciduous in winter. Best in hottest sun,and or up against a wall.


On Oct 28, 2012, steadycam3 from Houston Heights, TX (Zone 9a) wrote:

I believe that I have the native yellow Texas type but I never get volunteer seedlings. However, when I save the seed and plant them, they grow easily. Ive not had good luck with rooting from cuttings and I can root most things I try. This is such a reliable bloomer here in Houston. I have three and they bloom every month except January. I see it growing here in the most harsh circumstances without care. Mine are easily 10 feet tall


On Aug 26, 2012, dmlgcl from Houston, TX wrote:

I have 3 esperanza bushes planted a year ago in May. They did not bloom last summer or this summer. What is the problem?


On May 27, 2012, jbiton from Jan Phyl Village, FL wrote:

I am new to the gardening experience. I recently purchased a bunch of plants and shrubs and have no idea what I am doing as far as maintenance goes. One of my Yellow Elder plants is not doing to good. I originally bought two at the same time and planted them in the same location about 6 feet apart. One is doing great and growing like a weed with a ton of flowers. The other one is not filling out, has few flowers, and the leaves got two problems that I have no clue what is going on. First off some of the leaves are changing color to a mix of yellow to orange. Second on some of the leaves there are little yellow raised circles. Also the "sick" Elder is not growing as fast as the other one. I have not done anything different with this second one and it has received the same care and ... read more


On May 1, 2011, jugbandman from Azle, TX wrote:

Beautiful yellow blooms in South Texas, but I've had a hard time getting this plant through our North Texas winters. Last spring (2010) I planted again in a more sheltered area and it survived! I envy those of you in the Rio Grande valley where Esperanza thrives.


On Jan 22, 2011, seekerb62 from McDade, TX wrote:

Great plant. We planted ours in an area that was too small. Can someone tell me the best time to move them?


On May 15, 2008, starfarmer from Ann Arbor, MI (Zone 6a) wrote:

Although now I live in Ann Arbor, MI, I am from Las Vegas and have had great luck with this plant both as a nursery owner and a gardener. I've grown four different forms (five if you count "Orange Jubilee"): a Mexican seed form (grows to 15'), a Florida form from cuttings (to 10'), the Arizona native form (T. stans angustata, collected from the Santa Rita mountains) and the dwarf form from Lone Star nursery that showed up in AZ and NV nurseries a decade ago.

The Mexican form came from seed harvested by Dave Turner over 20 years ago, and every year it would shoot up to 15', bloom exuberantly during September, October and November and then lose all its leaves. The tall unbranched stems usually flushed out no problem in spring, but I found I got better flowers by leaving only a... read more


On May 7, 2008, jakthelad from Las Vegas, NV wrote:

I am in Las Vegas. Here, this gorgeous plant dies back to the bare stalks every year and the next year it magically appears again! It's the most vibrant green foliage and the 'yellowest' of yellow flowers. It is probably my favourite plant in the whole of my garden. I do not cut it back untill I see where it starts sprouting.


On Feb 20, 2007, MacSuibhne from San Antonio, TX (Zone 8b) wrote:

Within two months of planting three 1-gallon Esperanzas, two of them were already over 6', the third only lagging behind because it had been too busy making more flowers than it had leaves. By winter, all three were well over 9' and had multiple trunks. These things grow like weeds, and I'd highly recommend cutting any seed-pods you see while they're still green -- as I just spent all day pulling up sprouts from the beds around them. Can be grown either as a shrub or trained into a tree. I prefer the latter ;)


On Jul 14, 2006, katsew from Sandia, TX wrote:

This is a true Texas superstar. I have five, and two have grown beyond nine feet tall. They grow very quickly once they are established, and they will often pop up on their own from seed. Cut the beans for continued bushiness and bloom.


On Jul 5, 2006, GD_Rankin from San Antonio, TX (Zone 9a) wrote:

These do really well here in south Texas. The ones I have seem to like a little shade, but I've also got one that gets 6-8 hours of full sun and it is doing fine. I'm currently attempting to start some cuttings from one I trimmed a bit yesterday. We'll see how that goes.


On May 29, 2006, knolan from Sugar Land, TX (Zone 9a) wrote:

Wonderful plant. Blooms from spring to first freeze. Lots of babies sprout in bed from seed pods and the babies transplant very well. I started with one plant and now have 8 large, healthy bushes. Grows into a large shrub or can be trained into a small tree. Very drought tolerant. You can cut back each spring or allow to grow taller. Beautiful when planted in small groupings with hot pink bougainvella vining up in between them. No pests or diseases.


On Apr 3, 2006, Suze_ from (Zone 7b) wrote:

Gorgeous, easy care, deciduous (in my zone). Grows to a medium sized bush each season. Easy to collect seeds from.


On Nov 4, 2005, crowellli from Houston, TX (Zone 9a) wrote:

This is one of the most rewarding plants I've ever grown, especially when considering the little effort it requires for care. Virtually pest and disease free, very drought tolerant.


On Sep 4, 2004, htop from San Antonio, TX (Zone 8b) wrote:

Lots of these are coming up from last year's seeds around the base of my plants. I am not sure that they will be like the mother plant because it is a hybrid. I have read that it is best to start them from cuttings which I have never done. They are supposed to root very easily.


On Aug 17, 2004, i_chaney from Houston, TX wrote:

I had baught gold star tree and it is doing fine in my backyard. Needs little care and since I have planted it , there are butterflies in my yard. I have collected the dried pods. This plant is so beautiful that I want to have many of them. Can anyone tell me how to start from seeds ?


On Sep 22, 2001, Terry from Murfreesboro, TN (Zone 7a) wrote:

Gold Star Esperanza is an intermediate between Tecoma stans var. stans (Yellow Elder) and T. stans var. angustata (Arizona Yellow Bells). It blooms much younger than either parent, and is sold as an annual and/or container plant in many areas.