Tecoma capensis (Thunb.) Lindl.

Cape Honeysuckle




Family: Bignoniaceae

Genus: Tecoma

Category: Shrub - Evergreen

Zones: 9 to 11

Size: To 10' and wide if pruned to shape

Growth Rate: Fast

Exposure: Sun, Filtered Sun, Winter In


Pinnately compound, opposite leaves to 6" long, 5 to 7 leaflets, serrated. Orange flowers in clusters in summer. Sometimes vining habit. Attract hummingbirds.

From Bot. Reg. A hardy greenhouse plant of great beauty. It grows freely in light rich soil, and cuttings root readily under a hand-glass.


Published in Bot. Reg. 13: t. 1117 in 1827.

Basionym Bignonia capensis Thunb.

Native to Mozambique, South Africa and Swaziland.

From Bot. Reg. It is a native of the Cape of Good Hope, whence seeds were sent to Kew by Mr. Bowie in 1823.

Other names listed in Bot. Reg.:

Bignonia capensis - basionym

My Experience: 

I purchased a 1-gallon plant from Nurseries Caroliniana in April 2010 and kept it potted so that I could overwinter it in the conservatory. It blooms sporadically in the summer.

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