Gardening
in Tucson, Phoenix,
and Southern California

Gardening in Tucson, Phoenix, and Southern California

       Back to Plant List

Tecoma capensis: Cape Honeysuckle

Social Media Bar Facebook Google Pinterest Reddit Twitter

Description
Form: Shrub with vine-like tendencies.
Leaf retention: Evergreen to deciduous.
Growth rate: Moderate to rapid.
Mature Size: 7-10' high and wide. If trained as a vine, 25-30' long.
Flowers: Orange to orange-red, tubular, five flared lobes, 2.5" long.
Bloom: Fall, winter, spring.
Fruit: Small seeds.
Leaves: Green, glossy, ovate, saw-toothed edges.
Stems: No thorns. Flexible when young, no tendrils.
Roots: Spreads by rhizomes. Can be invasive in dry, mild climates when watered excessively.
Wildlife: Attracts hummingbirds and butterflies, especially when few other plants are flowering.
Toxic / Danger: No.
Origin: South Africa.

Cultivation and Uses
USDA hardiness zones: 9b-11. Hardy to mid-twenties.
Heat tolerant: Yes.
Drought tolerant: Somewhat.
Sun: Full sun to part shade. Loves south or west-facing walls. More sun means more blossoms.
Water once established: Once or twice a month in part shade. Weekly in full sun during hottest parts of year.
Soil: Well drained, pH 5.6-8.5 (acidic to alkaline).
Mulch: Before first predicted frost in areas with winter freezes.
Prune: After last frost to remove winter damage. Periodic pruning to keep within size or boundaries. Pruning improves stem and leaf density.
Litter: Low except for pruning.
Propagation: Easiest from root clumps.
Uses: Ornamental vine or shrub. Can be draped over a fence to create a hedge.

Comments
Former scientific name Tecomaria capensis. A member of the Bignoniaceae family which includes Desert Willow and Trumpet Creeper. Not a true honeysuckle.



Do you have additional information or a different experience for this plant that you would like to share?
Email info@gardenoracle.com. All contributions are welcome and appreciated.

copyright © GardenOracle.com