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TECOMA x smithii

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Jessie Keith

Family

Bignoniaceae

Botanical Name

TECOMA x smithii

Plant Common Name

Smith's Tecoma, Smith's Trumpetvine

Special Notice

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General Description

Year around hot colored blossoms and desert tough character makes this hybrid a near perfect shrub for low desert conditions. The primary parent species is Tecoma stans, the yellow trumpetbush native to the desert Southwest and northern Mexico. The species and this hybrid prefer well drained arroys and low hills where underground water is present.

Unlike other desert plants, which have silver or blue gray foliage, this shrub bears lush dark green leaves. In mild climates it may bloom nearly all year with large bundles of long, orange trumpet-shaped flowers. They disappear altogether for only a short time when the plant loses its leaves for one to three months in midwinter. Hummingbirds and bees of all kinds find their flowers irresistible.

Garden grown specimens require perfectly drained soil and full sun. Few plants are so versatile. Smith's Tecoma can serve as a background shrub, informal hedge or wildlife plant. It is a must for sustainable xeric landscapes where natives are desired.

Characteristics

  • AHS Heat Zone

    12 - 10

  • USDA Hardiness Zone

    11 - 15

  • Sunset Zone

    10, 12, 13, 21, 22, 23, 24

  • Plant Type

    Shrub

  • Sun Exposure

    Full Sun, Partial Sun

  • Height

    8'-12' / 2.4m - 3.7m

  • Width

    8'-12' / 2.4m - 3.7m

  • Bloom Time

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

  • Native To

    Hybrid Origin

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

    Upright/Erect

  • Seasonal Interest

    Spring, Summer, Fall

Ornamental Features

  • Flower Interest

    Showy

  • Flower Color

    Orange

  • Foliage Color (Spring)

    Green

  • Foliage Color (Summer)

    Green

  • Foliage Color (Fall)

    Green

  • Foliage Color (Winter)

    Green

  • Bark Color

    Green

  • 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

    Coarse

  • Foliage Sheen

    Glossy

  • Evergreen

    Yes

  • Showy Bark

    No

Special Characteristics

  • Bark Texture

    Smooth

  • Usage

    Feature Plant, Mixed Border

  • Sharp or Has Thorns

    No

  • Invasive

    No

  • Attracts

    Hummingbirds, Butterflies

  • Self-Sowing

    No