Tecoma capensis

Bears glossy green leaves which frame the spikes of orange, red, salmon or yellow flowers which are rich in nectar.
FLOWER COLOUR:  
AVERAGE SIZE (H) x (W): 2m x 2m
MAXIMUM SIZE (H) x (W): 3m x 3m
HEDGE SPACING: 0.5m
FLOWERING TIME:   J F M A M J J A S O N D
FRUITING TIME:   J F M A M J J A S O N D

The Cape honeysuckle has glossy dark-green foliage and bears spikes of trumpet-shaped flowers.  It gives a colourful display in autumn when combined with Plumbago auriculata as the two are often found growing together in the wild.

 

ECOLOGICAL BENEFITS:
Tecoma capensis is rich in nectar and will attract bees, butterflies and sunbirds.
The plant is also a host plant for ten moth, and three butterfly species.

MAINTENANCE:
Cape honeysuckle is low maintenance and drought resistant.
It may need occasional pruning to shape it.

WATER REQUIREMENTS:
Water moderately.

GARDEN THEMES:
Country, forest, formal, rockery, woodland

LANDSCAPING USES:
Plant it singly or in groups of three in a mixed border.
Makes an excellent large hedge.
An excellent screening plant
FLOWERS:
FOLIAGE:
FRUIT:
BUTTERFLY LARVAL HOST:
Euchrysops barkeri (Barker's Smoky Blue)
Leptotes pirithos (Common Blue)
Lampides boeticus (Lucern Blue)

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