Plant Care Yellow Trumpetbush

Yellow Trumpetbush

About Yellow Trumpetbush

The Yellow Trumpetbush is a broadleaf evergreen shrub or small tree that has clusters of bright yellow trumpet-shaped flowers that bloom from spring until frost. The plant is native to south-central Texas, Arizona, Mexico, Central America, and South America. It is also native to southern Florida and the Caribbean. In Florida, the shrub is listed as invasive and is only recommended in specified and limited use.


Tecoma stans

Also known as

Yellow Bells, Yellow Bells, Yellow trumpetbush, Yellow elder, Ginger-thomas and orange jubilee

How to care for Yellow Trumpetbush

💦 Water

How often to water your Yellow Trumpetbush

Water needs for Yellow Trumpetbush
0.5 cups
every 9

Yellow Trumpetbush needs 0.5 cups of water every 9 when it doesn’t get direct sunlight and is potted in a 5" pot.

Use our water calculator to personalize watering recommendations to your environment or download Greg for more advanced recommendations for all of your plants.

Calculate water needs of Yellow Trumpetbush

Water 0.5 cups every

Does your plant get direct sunlight?

Select the pot size

☀️ Light

Finding light for Yellow Bells in your home

Light needs and placement for plant Yellow Trumpetbush: 1ft from a window
1ft or less from
a window

Yellow Trumpetbush love being close to bright, sunny windows 😎.

Place it less than 1ft from a south-facing window to maximize the potential for growth.

Yellow Trumpetbush does not tolerate low-light 🚫.

Select your region to see how the current weather in your area affects the placement of Yellow Trumpetbush in your home 🏡.

🪴 Nutrients

How to fertilize Yellow Trumpetbush

Nutrient, fertilizer, and repotting needs for Yellow Trumpetbush: repot after 2X growth

Most potting soils come with ample nutrients which plants use to produce new growth.

By the time your plant has depleted the nutrients in its soil it’s likely grown enough to need a larger pot anyway.

To replenish this plant's nutrients, repot your Yellow Trumpetbush after it doubles in size or once a year—whichever comes first.

💡 FAQs
⭐ Difficulty Level

Yellow Trumpetbush is generally considered an easy-to-care-for plant and makes a great choice for beginners!

Benefits of Growing Yellow Bells →

Common Yellow Bells Problems →

💦 Water Needs

Yellow Trumpetbush prefers for the soil to dry out between waterings and should be watered regularly. Use our water calculator to personalize watering recommendations to your environment or download Greg for more advanced recommendations for all of your plants.

Yellow Bells Water Frequency →

Yellow Bells Root Rot →

☀️ Sunlight Needs

Yellow Trumpetbush requires abundant, bright and direct light. Place it less than one foot from a window to ensure it receives enough light to survive 💪. Select your region to see how the current weather in your area affects the placement in your home 🏡.

Yellow Bells Light Requirements →

Yellow Bells Direct Sunlight Needs & Tolerance →

🐶 🐈 👶 Toxicity

Greg does not have confirmed data on this plant’s toxicity. If you, a family member, or a pet consumes plant material of unknown toxicity, it’s always best to consult a medical professional.

If you or someone else ingested this plant, call Poison Control at US (800) 222-1222. If a pet consumed this plant, contact your veterinarian or the ASPCA at US (888) 426-4435.

🪴 Soil

Yellow Trumpetbush does best in well-draining soil. A good soil will contain lots of organic matter such as coco coir as well as perlite or vermiculite to help with drainage. Adding a handful of perlite to regular store-bought potting soil should do the trick!

Best Soil Mix for Yellow Bells →

When and How to Successfully Repot Yellow Bells →

💩 Fertilizer

Yellow Trumpetbush should be repotted after it doubles in size or once a year, whichever comes first. Fresh potting soil has all the nutrients your plant needs, so as long as it’s refreshed yearly, you shouldn’t need to use fertilizer. Remember, plants get their energy from sunlight, not fertilizer!

⬆️ ⬇️ Growth Pattern

Yellow Trumpetbush grows vertically and new growth will emerge from the top of the plant.

How and When to Prune Yellow Bells →

🌦️ Growing Outdoors

USDA Hardiness Zone
Yellow Trumpetbush can be grown outdoors in USDA Hardiness Zones 10a-11b. Find your local hardiness zone here.

Yellow Bells Temperature Tolerance →

🌱 Propagation

The seeds of Yellow Trumpetbush can be used to grow new plants! After your plant flowers, any seeds that formed can be collected and germinated in potting soil.

🧐 Troubleshooting

When troubleshooting a sad-looking houseplant, start by checking for signs of distress in its leaves, such as yellowing, browning, or drooping, which can indicate overwatering or nutrient deficiencies.

Inspect the soil moisture; too dry or too wet soil can cause problems.

Ensure the plant is getting the right amount of light, as too much or too little can stress it.

Finally, consider environmental factors like temperature and humidity, and adjust care routines accordingly to revive your plant.

Care Summary for Yellow Trumpetbush

Yellow Trumpetbush

Yellow Trumpetbush

Greg recommends:


0.5 cups every 9 days


< 1ft from a window


Repot after 2x growth

Based on the 4” pot your plant is in, and that it doesn’t get direct sunlight.

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