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Tecomaria capensis 'Sunset'

 
Tecomaria capensis 'Sunset'
cape honeysuckle
Magnificent backlit blooms
Tecomaria capensis 'Sunset'
Growing up through the lattice

Common name cape honeysuckle
Family bignoniaceae
Life cycle shrub (Z8-11)
Flowers orange
Size 6-8'
Light sun-light shade
Cultural notes well drained soil

Cape honeysuckle, native to South Africa, features glossy mid-green leaves and clusters of bright orange flowers that are reported to keep on going over a long season. The flowers attract hummingbirds. The species has more of a rambling or climbing habit, but this cultivar grows more like an upright shrub, a little wider than it is tall at maturity. However, we provided conditions for our specimen that must have reminded it of its wild cousins: we planted ours in mid-spring at the base of a lattice attached to our fence, and by the end of summer it had scrambled through its support to exceed the full height of our six-foot back fence, dominating its part of the border. Its flowers fizzed out by May though – we didn't see any of its orange glory through summer. Then suddenly, in mid-autumn, a new flush of bloom gave bold color to its section of the fence, abuzz with insects enjoying its nectar. It was worth the wait.

cape honeysuckle
Tecomaria capensis 'Sunset'
Glossy green leaves
cape honeysuckle
Tecomaria capensis 'Sunset'
Just a few seed pods form from its many fading blooms

In our garden, this plant grows in the following area: back fence border

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