History/general species info: Native to South Africa. Despite its name, it is not related to true honeysuckle. Tecoma is a contraction of the Mexican name for one of the species: tecomaxachitl. The species name capensis means 'of or from the Cape'.
Characteristics: Evergreen, dark glossy foliage year round. Large shrub. Low maintenance. Fast growing in sandy, clay and loam. Hardy to 20º. Salt and drought resistant. Showy flowers produce generous amounts of nectar are highly attractive to bees and a hummingbird favorite. Does not require trellising. Can be used as ground cover on steep slopes or rocky banks. It is especially attractive cascading over walls or planters. It can be trained to a garden arch.
Planting / Care: Low maintenance. All soils. While it prefers a moderate amount of water, it is also fairly drought tolerant. Regular watering in summer, however, ensures the best growth. Let the soil dry out slightly between waterings. Can develop an untidy appearance and the foliage needs to be trimmed. Prune in late winter to promote new growth, enhance the production of flowers and to help keep under control.
Size and Spacing: Height: 10’ Spread: 20’
Light requirement: Sun/part shade.
Wildlife: Hummingbirds, butterflies, general wildlife