Bells of Fire

Bells of Fire

Tecoma hybrid

Bells of Fire is the result of the Tecoma breeding project of George Hull at V&P Nurseries in Phoenix. Until recently, Tecomas were available in yellow or orange. The goal for breeding this selection was to get more color range as well as a compact plant that produces few if any seeds. Whereas some Tecomas sold can only be enjoyed out a second story window, 5-6’ tall by 3-4’ wide will be her usual size. In the low desert with high night time temps, the color can fade to orange returning as soon as night temperatures drop. She also will perform admiredly well in light shade under the canopy of a mesquite or palo verde. Seed production is usually minimal and those that are produced, the song birds will be happy to take from you. Tecomas will perform better if periodically given some additional all purpose fertilizer. Tecomas bloom on new wood thus more branches more flower spikes

A bright rich red flowering shrub even for shade

Zone 9-11 , Little care needed

Blooms nearly continuously only stopping if hit by hard frost