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Esperanza (native)
Esperanza (native)
Esperanza (native)

Esperanza (native)

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Scientific Name: Tecoma stans
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History/general species info: Also known as Yellow Bells, Hardy Yellow Trumpet, Trumpet-flower, Yellow Elder. Popular ornamental plant in Texas gardens. Designated as a Texas Superstar® - and only the toughest, most reliable and best-looking plants make the cut. Every plant earning the Texas Superstar® designation undergoes several years of extensive field trials by Texas A&M.  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.

Characteristics: Large shrub. Fast growing. Evergreen. Deciduous. Esperanza or Yellow bells is an irregularly shaped, deciduous shrub which can reach 9 ft. It has several stems and slender, erect branches. Clusters of large, trumpet-shaped, yellow flowers are very showy against the lance-shaped, olive-green leaves. Long, thin pods are conspicuous in autumn. The flowers have an odd but pleasing fragrance and also provide nectar for bees and hummingbirds. Anyone who has seen this plant in bloom can understand why one of its names is Yellow bells, as it produces great, attention-grabbing, yellow blossoms. In recent years, it has become a popular landscaping plant, valued as much for its drought-tolerance as for its spectacular appearance.

Native: yes

Flower: yes; yellow

Planting / Care: Drought and salt tolerant. Well adapted native to the coastal bend environment and soils. Flowers better if ground is allowed to dry out between waterings. It is tolerant of confinement if containers are at least 12 inches in diameter and thus makes a good potted specimen.

Size and Spacing: Height: 10’ Spread: 10’

Light requirement:  full sun

Attracted wildlife: Nectar-insects, bees, hummingbirds. Seeds-Small mammals.

Ladybird Johnson Wildflower Center

Aggie Horticulture

Photo credit: Richard Snyder and Ann Smith