yellow bells Bignoniaceae Tecoma
stans (L.) Juss. ex Kunth symbol: TEST
Leaf: Opposite or whorled,evergreeen, compound, 6 to 9 inches long, 5 to 7 ovate leaflets each 2 to 3 inches long, serrated margins, glossy green above.
Flower: Very attractive and fragrant, trumpet shaped, 2 inches long and an inch across, occur in large clusters of up to 50 flowers each, appearing summer and through the fall.
Fruit: Long bean-like pods, 4 to 8 inches long, each filled with many small winged seeds, persistant and present most any time of the year.
Twig: Stout, slightly square twig, initially green but turning reddish brown with numerous lighter lenticels.
Bark: Light brown and smooth, larger specimens become shallowly furrowed.
Form: Vase-shaped shrub or small tree capable of reaching 20 feet tall.
Additional Range Information: Tecoma stans is native to North America. Range may be expanded by planting. See states reporting yellow bells.
External Links: USDA Plants Database - Horticulture Information
All material © 2017 Virginia Tech Dept. of Forest Resources and Environmental Conservation; Photos and text by: John Seiler, Edward Jensen, Alex Niemiera, and John Peterson