Ornamental, densely leafy evergreen shrub or small tree up to 4m high. Leaves are bright green above, paler below, with sharply toothed margins. Bright yellow, showy, trumpet-shaped flowers in terminal sprays from October to May. Brown, shiny fruit capsules 12-20cm long that split open to release papery winged seeds.
- Common name: Yellow bells
- Scientific name: Tecoma stans
- Alternative common names: Yellow elder, ginger-thomas, yellow trumpet bush (English); geelklokkies (Afrikaans); insimbephuzi (isiZulu)
- Where does this species come from: Mexico and Texas, Arizona and New Mexico in the United States.
- What is its invasive status in South Africa: Existing legislation: CARA 2002 – Category 1 NEMBA – Category 1b
- Where in South Africa is it a problem: Eastern Cape, KwaZulu-Natal, Mpumalanga, Gauteng, Limpopo Provinces.
- How does it spread: Seed dispersal.
- 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.
- What does it look like: General description: Evergreen shrub or small tree growing up to 4m high. Leaves: Leaves are bright green above, paler below, with sharply toothed margins Flowers: Bright yellow, showy, trumpet-shaped flowers in terminal sprays from October to May. Fruit/seeds: Brown, shiny fruit capsules 12-20cm long that split open to release papery winged seeds.
- Does the plant have any uses: Ornamental.
- Plant me instead: Cape honeysuckle (Tecoma capensis), yellow bauhinia (Bauhinia tomentosa), weeping wattle (Peltophorum africanum).Source: http://www.invasives.org.za