Colin Mills, compiler of the Hortus Camdenensis, died in late November 2012 after a short illness. As he always considered the Hortus his legacy, it is his family's intention to keep the site running in perpetuity. It will not, however, be updated in the near future.

Tecoma stans (L.) Juss. ex H.B.&K.

Frost tender, large shrub or small tree, often multi-trunked, with pinnate leaves, to 35cm long, composed of up to 13 lance-shaped, toothed leaflets, and terminal racemes or panicles of funnel-shaped, bright yellow flowers, to 5cm long, from late winter to summer.  To 9m.  [RHSE, Hortus].

Horticultural & Botanical History

‘Notwithstanding that this beautiful plant has been introduced to our gardens more than a century ago, it has never yet found a place in any of our botanical periodical publications.  Perhaps its blossoms are of rare occurrence in our collections.  I have never myself seen them in a recent state; and I describe the plant partly from dried specimens sent to me by Mr. John Lockhart, from Trinidad, and partly from the drawings made by Mr. John Curtis, in 1820; but from what collection is not stated.  It is a native of the West India Islands, and of course requires the heat of the stove; where, according to the Hortus Kewensis, its season of blossoming is August.’  [BM t.3191/1832].  Introduced to Britain in 1730.  [JD].

History at Camden Park

Listed in the 1850 and 1859 catalogues [T.960/1850], a number of large specimens survive in the gardens.  It has become a significant weed in parts of eastern Australia, but not in the Camden district.  The mature trees in the gardens all flower very prolifically but don’t readily set seed.  I have only ever seen a single seed pod and no seedlings.


Tecoma stans Griseb. (1879) = Tecoma garrocha Hieron.

Published Feb 25, 2010 - 04:15 PM | Last updated Feb 25, 2010 - 04:22 PM

Figured are pinnate leaves and upright panicle of yellow trumpet-shaped flowers.  Curtis' Botanical Magazine t.3191, 1832.

Tecoma stans (L.) Juss. ex H.B.&K. | BM t.3191/1832 | BHL

Family Bignoniaceae
Region of origin

Southern USA to South America

  • Bignonia stans L.
  • Stenolobium stans Seem. 
Common Name

Trumpet bush, Yellow bells, Yellow elder

Name in the Camden Park Record

Tecoma stans 

Confidence level high