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Red Hot Esperanza

Tecoma 'Red Hot' Plant Patent Applied For

A stunning compact variety - with lightly fragrant, fiery crimson-colored, trumpet-shaped blooms. This heat and sun-loving shrub explodes with warm color from spring until the first frost. Self-cleaning, and rarely sets seed pods. Easy to grow in the landscape or in containers. Evergreen in frost-free regions.
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Full sun, Partial sun

Water when top 2 inches of soil is dry.


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Botanical Pronunciationtek-OH-muh
Average Size at MaturityFast growing; reaches 4 ft. tall and wide.
Bloom TimeSpring through frost.
Design IdeasUse as a colorful accent or mass to create a natural hedge. In extremely hot climates, this carefree, desert hardy shrub blooms even in light shade, making it perfect under the canopy of a mesquite or palo verde tree.
Deciduous/ EvergreenEvergreen
Flower AttributeLong Bloom Season, Showy Flowers
Flower ColorRed
Foliage ColorGreen
Garden StyleRustic, Tropical
Growth RateFast
Landscape UseBorder, Container, Hedge, Accent
Light NeedsFull sun, Partial sun
Patent ActAsexual reproduction of plants protected by the Plant Patent Act is prohibited during the life of the patent.
Special FeatureAttracts Butterflies, Attracts Hummingbirds, Easy Care, Fast Growing, Compact Form
Water NeedsModerate
Watering NeedsWater when top 2 inches of soil is dry.
Companion PlantsJuniper (Juniperus); Heavenly Bamboo (Nandina); Plumbago (Plumbago); Palo Verde (Cercidium); Mesquite (Prosopis)

Easily grown in well-drained, fertile soil. Water regularly in first growing season; tolerates periodic drought, once established in the landscape. Feed monthly during growing season. In northern zones, overwinter pots indoors. Cut back to 12 in. and feed in spring. Return outdoors after danger of frost. Avoid contact with sap.

This Plant's Growing Zones: 9-11

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