Exotic Rare Tropical Tecoma stans (Yellow Bells) seeds, Organic B50

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Common Name Yellow Trumpetbush, Yellow Bells Geelklokkies in Afrikaans, Yellow Elder, Ginger-thomas, and Esperanza
Synonyms Tecoma stans var. mollis (Kunth) Siddiqi, Tecoma stans var. apiifolia DC.,Tecoma stans var. angustatu Collection Locale Tropical terrain, INDIA Altitude: 1,500m Seed Collection period: Sept-Oct Seed Longevity: 1-2 year Characteristics: Evergreen, Ornamental, medicinal Usual Germination: 60-90%

Tecoma stans is An erect shrub or small tree, planted in gardens in the plains throughout India and in the hills, up to an altitude of 1,500m. The plant attains a height of 1.5-5mt., occasionally 10mt . It is naturalized in most parts of India and is also found as an escape in the waste, dry places near gardens and houses. Leaves odd-pinnate; leaflets 5-11, almost sessile, oblong-ovate, lanceolate, serrate; flowers yellow, fragrant,in terminal panicle, found throughout the year; capsules linear, 12-20cm x 7cm., compressed; seeds numerous, each with 2, thin wings.

Count: 50 USDA zone: 8-11

Growing Info, follow in order:

Scarification: none required.

Stratification: none required.

Germination: sow seed 1/4" deep, tamp the soil, mulch the seedbed.

Other: expect germination in 10 days @ 70-85 degrees F, it will take longer if cooler.

The Yellow Trumpetbush is a broadleaf evergreen shrub or small tree that has clusters of bright yellow trumpet-shaped flowers. The showy flowers bloom from spring until frost. In warmer climates, they may bloom all year long. In the United States, the shrub is typically 3-6 feet tall but can grow up to 10-25 feet tall and 10-20 feet wide. The plant is a member of the Bigoniaceae or Trumpet Creeper Family which are mostly tropical trees or shrubs. Other common names include Esperanza (Spanish for hope), Trumpet Flower, Yellow Bells, Yellow Elder, Yellow Trumpet Flower, and Yellow Bignonia.

A fast and vigorous grower, Tecoma stans (Yellow Bells) is a showy semi-evergreen shrub or small tree with long droopy branches boasting brilliant clusters of bright yellow trumpet-shaped flowers. Blooming continuously from spring to frost (all year in warm weather climates), the slightly fragrant blossoms attract butterflies and hummingbirds. They contrast nicely against the foliage of odd-pinnate bright green leaves adorned with toothed leaflets. The flowers are followed by narrow bean-like seed pods, 8 in. long (20 cm), which dangle from the shrub-like Christmas ornaments and are conspicuous in the fall. Prized for its heat and drought tolerance, as well as its spectacular floral display, Tecoma stans has become a popular landscaping plant. It is most often used as a specimen or mixed into a shrub border.

The nectar of the flowers attracts hummingbirds and butterflies. Small mammals feed on the seeds, and other mammals browse on the leaves.

The Yellow Trumpetbush is frequently planted as a specimen or accent plant due to its prolonged blooming and brilliant floral display. It is also used in the landscape mixed in with other border shrubs, patios, or containers.

The cultivar, 'Gold Star,' has golden yellow trumpet flowers and dark green glossy leaves. It is heat tolerant and pest resistant.

Odd pinnately compound leaves with 5-13 leaflets Leaflets are medium to olive green, elliptic to lanceolate with serrated margins Showy bright yellow trumpet-shaped flowers with pale red veins inside the tube Green to grayish-brown elongated fruit capsules

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