The Yellow Trumpetbush (Tecoma stans) is a fast-growing, evergreen shrub that can reach up to 15 feet in height. It has bright green leaves and produces yellow, trumpet-shaped flowers that bloom throughout the year. The Yellow Trumpetbush is native to Mexico and Central America, but it has been introduced to many other parts of the world, including the United States, where it is often used as an ornamental plant.
How to care:
The Tecoma stans is a relatively easy plant to care for. It prefers full sun to partial shade and well-drained soil. Once established, it is drought-tolerant. It can be pruned to maintain a desired shape and size.
The Yellow Trumpetbush is not a particularly thirsty plant, but it will need regular watering during the hotter months of the year. Allow the soil to dry out somewhat between watering.
Fertilize the Tecoma stansin early spring with a balanced fertilizer. Follow the manufacturer’s instructions for application rates and frequency.
The Tecoma stans can be propagated from seed or cuttings. To propagate from seed, sow the seeds in a well-drained seed-starting mix and keep them moist. They should germinate within a few weeks. To propagate from cuttings, take 4-6 inch cuttings from new growth in late spring or early summer. Dip the cuttings in rooting hormone and plant them in a well-drained potting mix. Keep the cuttings moist and they should root within a few weeks.
Type of soil:
The Yellow Trumpetbush prefers well-drained soil, but it is not particular about the type of soil. It will grow in sandy, loamy, or clay soils as long as they are not waterlogged.
Pests and diseases:
The Yellow Trumpetbush is relatively resistant to pests and diseases, but it can be susceptible to scale, mealybugs, and whiteflies. These pests can be controlled with insecticidal soap or horticultural oil.
The Yellow Trumpetbush is a popular ornamental plant. It can be used as a hedge, screen, or accent plant. It is also often used in butterfly gardens.