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TECOMA stans 'Orange Jubilee'

Image of Tecoma stans 'Orange Jubilee'

Maureen Gilmer

Family

Bignoniaceae

Botanical Name

TECOMA stans 'Orange Jubilee'

Plant Common Name

Esperanza , Yellow Trumpetbush

General Description

The delicate flowers of this large, often sprawling shrub belie its cast iron constitution. A free-flowering cultivar of a species found from southern North America to southern South America, 'Orange Jubilee' can stand up to the worst heat of the low deserts and the humidity of the tropics. Its only limitation is sensitivity to severe cold.

In mild climates 'Orange Jubilee' may bloom nearly all year with generous clusters of large trumpet-shaped blooms with folded back tips. The flowers have deep red-orange bases and golden yellow interiors. Hummingbirds and bees of all kinds find the flowers irresistible. Bean-like pods follow the flowers, typically in sparse quantities. Plants lose their leaves and cease flowering in chilly weather. Unlike many other desert plants, which have silver or blue gray foliage, this shrub bears lush mid-green leaves.

Garden grown specimens require well drained soil and full sun. Because they bloom on new wood, they take well to heavy pruning and will resprout and flower after a killing frost, surviving temperatures well below freezing. This vigorous shrub is well suited for sustainable xeric landscapes, but also responds well to moisture and fertilization in summer. It can serve as a background shrub, small tree, informal hedge or wildlife plant. Use it as a herbaceous perennial in areas where it freezes to the ground. Remove young seedpods to encourage prolific and continual reblooming.

Characteristics

  • AHS Heat Zone

    12 - 10

  • USDA Hardiness Zone

    8 - 15

  • Sunset Zone

    12, 13, 21, 22, 23, 24

  • Plant Type

    Shrub

  • Sun Exposure

    Full Sun, Partial Sun

  • Height

    6'-15' / 1.8m - 4.6m

  • Width

    6'-15' / 1.8m - 4.6m

  • Bloom Time

    Early Spring, Spring, Late Spring, Early Summer, Summer, Late Summer, Early Fall, Fall, Late Fall, Early Winter

  • Native To

    Southwestern United States, Mexico, Central America, South America, Argentina

Growing Conditions

  • Soil pH

    Acidic, Neutral, Alkaline

  • Soil Drainage

    Well Drained

  • Soil type

    Loam, Sand

  • Tolerances

    Drought

  • Growth Rate

    Fast

  • Water Requirements

    Xeric/Desert, Drought Tolerant

  • Habit

    Arching/Fountain-shaped

  • Seasonal Interest

    Spring, Summer, Fall

Ornamental Features

  • Flower Interest

    Showy

  • Flower Color

    Orange, Gold

  • Fruit Color

    Green, Brown

  • Foliage Color (Spring)

    Green

  • Foliage Color (Summer)

    Green

  • Foliage Color (Winter)

    Green

  • Bark Color

    Tan, Sandy Brown

  • Fragrant Flowers

    No

  • 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

    Semi-Evergreen

  • Showy Bark

    No

Special Characteristics

  • Bark Texture

    Smooth

  • Usage

    Feature Plant, Foundation, Hedges, Houseplant, Mixed Border, Tropical

  • Sharp or Has Thorns

    No

  • Invasive

    No

  • Attracts

    Birds, Hummingbirds, Butterflies

  • Self-Sowing

    Yes