Tecomaria capensis

(Cape Honeysuckle)

By October 7, 2020
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About Tecomaria capensis (Cape Honeysuckle)

This fast growing upright shrub is called Tecomaria capensis, or more commonly Cape Honeysuckle. Growing an average landscape size of 12-20′ by 6-8′, Tecomaria capensis is a fast grower and can grow as much as 2-3′ per year. As an evergreen, its shiny green toothed leaves remain throughout the year and are accompanied by clusters of tubular orange flowers during the fall season. A hardy plant, this shrub can withstand freezing temperatures and seaside conditions, and has also been known to be a deer deterrent.

Care and Planting Instructions

Plant Cape Honeysuckle in an area that receives either sun or shade. Water regularly after planting to establish a healthy root system then reduce frequency to once weekly, except during periods of extreme heat. Its branches root to wherever they touch the ground and can be grown either on a trellis, fence or up to 8′ on its own. As a fast growing shrub it is important to prune from time to time if its size begins to outgrow the space.

Landscape Design Ideas

Tecomaria capensis can be planted as a privacy shrub or grown up the side of a house, trellis or fence. Its low maintenance requirements makes it an excellent option to those who want a minimal care landscape design. Consider planting Cape Honeysuckle as a backdrop to a bed of summer blooming plants to keep a range of color in your landscape into the start of the winter season.

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Botanical Name: Tecomaria Capensis

Common Name: Cape Honeysuckle

Average Landscape Size: 12-20' x 6-8'

Plant Type: Evergreen

Bloom Color: Orange

Foliage Color: Green

Forms: Bush, Staked, Espalier

Sizes: 1 Gallon

Special Features: Low Maintenance, Shade Tolerant, Year-round Interest, Attracts Hummingbirds,