Flowering shrubs such as Tecoma stans (esperanza, yellow bells) have a dramatic impact on a landscape, whether they are used for a colorful accent or planted along a boundary for a showy border.
Esperanza is a large treelike shrub with lush green foliage. Its leaves are divided into five to 13 leaflets, and it produces huge clusters of bright yellow, bell-shaped flowers from spring into fall.
Esperanza performs well in the heat of summer and is not susceptible to insect infestations or fungal diseases. However, it is frost sensitive and should be protected from freezing temperatures. Since it is an excellent container specimen, consider potting it so it can be moved to a protected area for the winter.
Common Name: Esperanza, yellow bells, hardy yellow trumpet, yellow elder
Botanical Name: Tecoma stans
Type: Perennial (or annual) shrub
Blooming Period: Spring to fall
Size: 10 feet tall to 4 feet wide, larger in warmer climates
Exposure: Full sun
Soil: Well-drained soil
Water: Low to moderate. Drought tolerant once established.
Care Tips: Protect from hard freezes. Prune any frost damage in late winter or early spring. It is a fast grower and will recover quickly.
In Your Landscape: Excellent container plant or use as an accent.
(From Arkansas Gardener Volume XII Issue I. Photos courtesy of Sharon Bowen.)