As a Texas Super Star, Yellow Elder has recently become a popular ornamental plant in Texas gardens. In the wild it will be found growing on rocky slopes near San Antonio and in the Trans-Pecos, north into New Mexico and Arizona, east to Florida and south into Central and South America in well drained soil and full sun.
Tecoma Stans can be grown in a pot or in the ground as a bush or a tree. You can prune it to any shape you like.
It blooms from early spring to late fall, and in some areas it will sometimes continue to bloom right on through the winter. It is evergreen in warm climates and highly drought tolerant once established.
People will definitely notice your Tecoma Stans because of the profusion of bright yellow trumpet shaped blossom clusters.
The striking, tubular 2 1/2-inch bright yellow flowers are highlighted by the attractive, shiny, green foliage and continue through the heat of the summer.
The flowers have an odd but pleasing fragrance and also provide nectar for bees. Hummingbirds will be regular visitors as well. When not in bloom it makes a very attractive bush or tree.
The Indians made bows from its wood, and in Mexico a beer was prepared from its roots it has also been used for a variety of medicines
TECOMA STANS (aka: Yellow Trumpetbush / Yellow Bells / Yellow Elder / Esperanza)
Texas Yellow Bells
Botanical Name: Tecoma Stans
Family: Bignoniaceae (big-no-nih-AY-see-ee)
Genus: Tecoma (tek-OH-muh)
Foliage Color: Bright Green
Bloom Characteristics: This plant is attractive to bees, butterflies and/or birds including HUMMINGBIRDS.
Water Requirements: Average Water Needs; Water regularly; do not overwater
Where to Grow: Suitable for growing in containers or in the ground
Height: 10-12 ft.
Spacing: 12-15 ft.
Hardiness: USDA Zone 7 to USDA Zone 11
Sun Exposure: Full Sun
Bloom Color: Bright Yellow
Bloom Time: Mid Spring to Late Fall/Early Winter
Note: This plant is resistant to deer