Tecoma stans (Yellow Bells / Yellow Trumpet Bush) Information and Care
Tecoma stans are a stand out in any garden for their showy, trumpet shape, bright yellow flowers. Their relatively big, about 2-3″ long. They blossom and in the Spring and Summer and attract butterflies, humming birds and bees.
This is because their flowers color, size, and shape are bright, large, and co-evolved with birds long beak. Followers are followed by the products of pods with papery wings that hold their seeds. The plant produce this in the fall.
Plant in the full sun, and soil that drain well. Water regularly during the Spring and Summer months to establish plants. Fertilize in the Spring and summer with an all purpose fertilizer like 15-15-15 (triple 15). Trim to maintain size and shape. Train as an evergreen climber or cut back like a shrub.
Much as other climbing vines, Yellow Bells can grow over 20 feet if allowed. Proper maintenance include removing dry twigs and branches. As well as growth towards the center of the plants and cross each other. Remove new growth from lower on the plant to direct the plant energy to the main branches.
Trim them to not let allow to over fill an area. They grow so easy, they can become a weed that need to be cleaned up from time to time. Do not stake or cut back to grow as a ground cover. As a result they will spread naturally.
Their bright green leaves are oppositely arrange, pinnately compound, toothed leaflets are about 3″ long and pointed at the tip. Also, their tubular flowers are about 2″ long, very showy and long lasting.