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Yellow Bells

Tecoma stans

In stock

1 gallon; 5 gallon

Plant Care

Native region:

Sonoran Desert

Water needs:



Mature size:

Growth rate:

Full Sun



Flower color:

Flower season:




Prune in fall to shape




Nectar pollinators:


Nighttime pollinators:


Rabbit resistant:


Yellow bells are a fast-growing evergreen shrub with slender, gray-brown branches and clusters of striking, tubular 2 1/2-inch bright yellow flowers that continue through the heat of the summer. Shiny, green foliage offer a beautiful backdrop for the shrub's vibrant blooms, which attract hummingbirds, butterflies, and bees. Also known as esperanza or yellow elder, these plants produce long, green seedpods after flowering that act as a food source for small animals.
Yellow bells is a great, medium to large accent shrub for large landscaped spaces. Mostly lush green, but can look 'sparse' during periods of winter cold or high summer heat but is quick to recover.

Growing Plants in the Desert — Important Information

The information presented here is, to the best of my knowledge, accurate and based on my research from reliable sources, observations I have made of plants growing in my, and other gardens I have visited, and observations of the plants in their native habitats. I would appreciate your feedback and experience to help me educate others! 


Cacti: In my experience, cacti are much happier in the filtered shade here in the low desert of the Coachella Valley. Colors are more vibrant and they bloom more profusely, especially the non-native varieties. If you pay attention to how our native barrel and beavertail opuntia grow in the wild, it is frequently tucked in the rocks under creosote or another shrub.


Light Requirements: I have found that in our desert (Sonoran/Colorado) “full sun” plants can take and appreciate the late afternoon filtered sun, especially in the hot summer months.

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