Tecoma stans (Yellow elder)

Yellow Elder Tree

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Description

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Tecoma stans (Yellow elder) is a small tree or shrub, its common name comes from the resemblance of its foliage to the elderberry shrub. It is native to tropical American scrublands and dry forest and is naturalized in Florida. As a tree, it grows to 25 feet or more and is densely branched forming an oval crown and has light brown bark. It bears bright green opposite compound pinnate leaves, sharp-toothed and lance-shaped. The leaves are 4 to 8 inches long and sharply pointed oval leaflets measure 2 to 3 inches. Petioles are very short. Flowers are trumpet-shaped and sunshine yellow, 1 to 2 inches long and hanging in showy cluster at branch tips and forks.

Furthermore, the fruits are long dry, hard, string bean-like pods (4 to 8 inches long) that hang in vertical clusters.  In addition, Tecoma stans (Yellow elder) grows well on any kind of well-drained soils. It has no pests or diseases of concern, but is sensitive to frost. In landscaping, it can be grown as a colorful border or screen. It can be used in parking lot islands and medians. It has somewhat weedy growth and does require pruning, especially if the tree form is desired. Propagation is either by seed or cuttings and is easily done. The plant has a role in herbal medicine.

Additional information

Gallons

25 gal., 50 gal., 65 gal., 100 gal., 200 gal., 300 gal.

Common Name

Yellow Elder

Florida Native

No, Not FL Native

Origin

Tropical America

Flowering Season

Winter

Salt Tolerance

High Salt Tolerance

Drought Tolerance

High Drought Tolerance

Growth Rate

Fast Growth Rate

Light Requirements

Full Sun

Flower Color

Yellow

Plant Type

Deciduous, Flowering

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