Yellow Bells
(Tecoma stans)

Yellow Bells';

Yellow Bells is an evergreen, dense shrub or small tree up to 4 metres high. The leaves are bright green above, paler below, with sharply toothed margins. From October to May bright yellow, showy, trumpet-shaped flowers appear in terminal sprays. These are followed by brown, shiny fruit capsules 12-20cm long that split open to release papery winged seeds.

Other names
Yellow Elder, Ginger-thomas, Yellow Trumpet Bush (English)
Geelklokkies (Afrikaans)
insimbephuzi (isiZulu)
Invasive status
NEMBA Category 1b
CARA 2002 Category 1
Originally from
Mexico and Texas, Arizona and New Mexico in the United States
Where is it a problem?
Eastern Cape, KwaZulu-Natal, Mpumalanga, Gauteng, Limpopo provinces
How does it spread?
Seed dispersal by wind
Why is it a problem?
Competes with and has the potential to replace indigenous species. Can invade hot and dry savanna where it may reduce grazing for domestic and wild animals.
Planting alternatives
Weeping Wattle (Peltophorum africanum), Yellow Bauhinia (Bauhinia tomentosa), Cape Honeysuckle (Tecoma capensis)

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