Yellow Bells

This tough shrub can grace your garden with beautiful flowers for several months.

Colorful Combinations

With its profuse number of large trumpet-shaped blooms, yellow bells stand out in most gardens. Though not fragrant, the flowers (especially red) are a favorite of hummingbirds and other pollinators like bees and butterflies. Plus, the glossy green foliage makes a beautiful backdrop for other plants when not in bloom. As they age, the plants can develop an attractive gray-brown corky bark.

Yellow Bells Care Must-Knows

lthough it's a tough plant tolerant of many soil conditions, yellow bells must be planted in rich, well-drained soil, with medium moisture, for the most impressive display of blossoms and lushest foliage. That lengthy bloom time means yellow bells appreciates soil amended with organic matter. If you want to grow yellow bells in a container, plant them in a general-purpose potting media mixed with a slow-release fertilizer.

Plant yellow bells in full sun to encourage the largest number of blooms. The blossoms will be followed by long, narrow beanlike seedpods. Let them dry on the shrub, then crack them open to get thin papery seeds. Direct sow the seeds after the last frost to start new shrubs.

New Innovations

Recent breeding breakthroughs have expanded yellow bells' color options to orange and red blossoms. Breeders are also attempting to create a smaller, more compact version of yellow bells better suited to containers.

More Varieties of Yellow Bells

Yellow Bells Overview

Description Add bright color to your garden with yellow bells, a large tropical shrub with dark green compound leaves and bright golden-yellow flowers. Native to many southern states and part of Central America, this plant is extremely heat- and drought-tolerant; in fact, it can stand up to the hottest summer weather. Yellow bells blooms from June until frost.
Genus Name Tecoma stans
Common Name Yellow Bells
Plant Type Shrub
Light Part Sun, Sun
Height 1 to 3 feet
Width 3 to 4 feet
Flower Color Orange, Red, Yellow
Foliage Color Blue/Green
Season Features Fall Bloom, Spring Bloom, Summer Bloom
Special Features Attracts Birds, Good for Containers
Zones 10, 11
Propagation Seed, Stem Cuttings
Problem Solvers Drought Tolerant, Good For Privacy

'Sunrise' Yellow Bells

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Denny Schrock

Tecoma stans 'Sunrise' displays a red-orange throat on its flowers, which gives it the name 'Sunrise'. It blooms profusely and is a lovely addition to the mixed border. Zones 8-10

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