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Tecoma capensis

Family: Bignoniaceae (Bignonia family)

Common names: Cape Honeysuckle (E); iMunyane (Z); Kaapse Kanferfoelie (A); umSilingi (X);

Native to: Southern Africa
Climber, Shrub
Bears glossy green leaves which frame the spikes of orange, red, salmon or yellow flowers which are rich in nectar.

Tecoma capensis

EVERGREEN

FULL SUN

SEMI-SHADE

SEMI FROST HARDY

MEDIUM WATER REQUIREMENTS

MEDIUM GROWER

FAST GROWER

ATTRACTS BIRDS

ATTRACTS INSECTS

FLOWER COLOUR:

AVERAGE SIZE:

2m x 2m

MAXIMUM SIZE:

3m x 3m
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

Tecoma capensis

DESCRIPTION

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.

WILDLIFE & 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.
WATER REQUIREMENTS
Water moderately.
MAINTENANCE
Cape honeysuckle is low maintenance and drought resistant.
It may need occasional pruning to shape it.
LANDSCAPING USES
Plant it singly or in groups of three in a mixed border.
Makes an excellent large hedge.
An excellent screening plant
GARDEN THEMES
Country, Forest, Formal, Rockery, Woodland
FOLIAGE
FRUIT
BUTTERFLY/MOTH HOST PLANT
Euchrysops barkeri (Barker’s Smoky Blue)
Leptotes pirithos (Common Blue)
Lampides boeticus (Lucern Blue)
PESTS & DISEASES
Seldom attacked by pests and diseases.

One Response

  1. Yellow variety is very neat. Clip once a year. Red variety can be trained into a standard. Very showy.
    Ian

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