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ALLAMANDA cathartica 'Lemon Sprite'

Image of Allamanda cathartica 'Lemon Sprite'

Family

Apocynaceae

Botanical Name

ALLAMANDA cathartica 'Lemon Sprite'

Plant Common Name

Golden Trumpet, Lemon Sprite Golden Trumpet, Yellow Allamanda

General Description

Yellow allamanda is a massive climbing evergreen shrub native to tropical South America. Named for its relatively small flowers, leaves, and stature, the cultivar 'Lemon Sprite' bears loose clusters of fragrant, trumpet-shaped, yellow blooms nearly year-round. Spiny seed capsules follow the flowers. The oval leaves are leathery and glossy. The scrambling stems will climb any structures available, or will grow as a freestanding shrub if their tips are regularly pruned.

This handsome shrub requires full sun, tropical warmth, and fertile, well-drained soil for best growth. In temperate regions, yellow allamanda may be summered outdoors in containers and brought into a greenhouse or conservatory to overwinter. Whether grown as a vine or kept pruned back as a shrub, yellow allamanda makes a wonderful, everblooming specimen plant. It also makes an excellent hedge or screen where hardy.

Characteristics

  • AHS Heat Zone

    12 - 10

  • USDA Hardiness Zone

    10 - 15

  • Sunset Zone

    H1, H2, 23, 24

  • Plant Type

    Vine/Liana

  • Sun Exposure

    Full Sun, Partial Sun

  • Height

    15'-30' / 4.6m - 9.1m

  • Bloom Time

    Indeterminate

  • Native To

    South America

Growing Conditions

  • Soil pH

    Acidic, Neutral

  • Soil Drainage

    Well Drained

  • Soil type

    Loam

  • Tolerances

    Salt

  • Growth Rate

    Fast

  • Water Requirements

    Drought Tolerant, Average Water

  • Habit

    Vining/Climbing

  • Seasonal Interest

    Spring, Summer, Fall, Winter

Ornamental Features

  • Flower Interest

    Showy

  • Flower Color

    Lemon Yellow

  • Fruit Color

    Green, Bronze, Brown

  • Foliage Color (Spring)

    Dark Green

  • Foliage Color (Summer)

    Dark Green

  • Foliage Color (Fall)

    Dark Green

  • Foliage Color (Winter)

    Dark Green

  • Bark Color

    Brown

  • Fragrant Flowers

    Yes

  • Fragrant Fruit

    No

  • Fragrant Foliage

    No

  • Bark or Stem Fragrant

    No

  • Flower Petal Number

    Single

  • Repeat Bloomer

    Yes

  • Showy Fruit

    No

  • Edible Fruit

    No

  • Showy Foliage

    No

  • Foliage Texture

    Medium

  • Foliage Sheen

    Glossy

  • Evergreen

    Yes

  • Showy Bark

    No

Special Characteristics

  • Bark Texture

    Smooth

  • Usage

    Container, Feature Plant, Hedges, Mixed Border, Tropical, Vine

  • Sharp or Has Thorns

    No

  • Invasive

    No

  • Attracts

    Birds

  • Self-Sowing

    No