Rob's plants
home garden plants wildlife seed photos
plant sale journal topics plantlinks fun guestbook

Tecomaria capensis 'Sunset'

Tecomaria capensis 'Sunset'
cape honeysuckle
Magnificent backlit blooms
Tecomaria capensis 'Sunset'
Growing up through the lattice

Common name cape honeysuckle
Family bignoniaceae
Life cycle shrub (Z8-11)
Flowers orange
Size 6-8'
Light sun-light shade
Cultural notes well drained soil

Cape honeysuckle, native to South Africa, features glossy mid-green leaves and clusters of bright orange flowers that are reported to keep on going over a long season. The flowers attract hummingbirds. The species has more of a rambling or climbing habit, but this cultivar grows more like an upright shrub, a little wider than it is tall at maturity. However, we provided conditions for our specimen that must have reminded it of its wild cousins: we planted ours in mid-spring at the base of a lattice attached to our fence, and by the end of summer it had scrambled through its support to exceed the full height of our six-foot back fence, dominating its part of the border. Its flowers fizzed out by May though – we didn't see any of its orange glory through summer. Then suddenly, in mid-autumn, a new flush of bloom gave bold color to its section of the fence, abuzz with insects enjoying its nectar. It was worth the wait. Since we introduced this into our garden, it has had to cope with two severe freezes (in 2018 and 2021). In both cases, the top growth was killed outright, but growth resumed quickly from the base.

cape honeysuckle
Tecomaria capensis 'Sunset'
Glossy green leaves
cape honeysuckle
Tecomaria capensis 'Sunset'
Just a few seed pods form from its many fading blooms
cape honeysuckle
Carpeting the lifeless lawn in bright orange, early January
Tecomaria capensis 'Sunset'
Strong new growth in March after February '21 megafreeze

In our garden, this plant grows in the following area: back fence border

About my plant portraits
PlantLinks to other web pages about Tecomaria capensis 'Sunset'

I welcome comments about my web pages; feel free to use the form below to leave feedback about this particular page. For the benefit of other visitors to these pages, I will list any relevant comments you leave, and if appropriate, I will update my page to correct mis-information. Faced with an ever-increasing onslaught of spam, I'm forced to discard any comments including html markups. Please submit your comment as plain text. If you have a comment about the website as a whole, please leave it in my guestbook. If you have a question that needs a personal response, please e-mail me.

Your name

Your comments

home garden plants wildlife seed plant sale topics guestbook journal plantlinks

Last modified: April 18, 2021
Contact me