Tecoma ‘Orange Jubilee’
Other names: Tecoma, Orangebells, Orange Esperanza, Orange Star, Orange Trumpet Bush.
Orange Jubilee’ is one of the named cultivars of Tecoma stans, also known as Tacoma alata. The species plant is often known as “yellow bells.” The ‘Orange Jubilee’ cultivar, also known as “orange bells,” resembles the species plant in most ways, but it is a smaller shrub with bright orange tubular flowers rather than yellow. This is a broadleaf evergreen shrub with pointed, glossy dark leaves that contrast deeply against the bright orange flower clusters that appear steadily from late spring until frost—or year-round in frost-free zones.
While ‘Orange Jubilee’ is itself a named variety, there are also other varieties of Tacoma stans you can consider for your landscape:
- Yellow bells (Tecoma stans): This is the original species plant, which is quite similar to ‘Orange Jubilee’, except for its yellow flowers. It usually grows taller than ‘Orange Jubilee’, and it is more notorious for being invasive.
- Tecoma stans ‘Crimson Flare’: This is a 6- to 8-foot shrub with bright red flowers. It is somewhat more cold hardy, surviving temperatures down to 15 degrees Fahrenheit.
- Tecoma stans ‘Esperanza’: This cultivar is similar to ‘Orange Jubilee’, but with bright yellow flowers. It is a smaller, better-behaved plant than the species shrub.