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Tecoma 'Sparky'


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Genus Epithet
Infraspecific Epithet

Classifications and Characteristics

Plant Division Angiosperms (Flowering Seed Plants) (Dicotyledon)
Plant Growth Form Shrub
Lifespan (in Singapore) Perennial
Mode of Nutrition Autotrophic
Plant Shape Compact


Native Habitat Terrestrial
Local Conservation Status Non-native (Horticultural / Cultivated Only)

Description and Ethnobotany

Growth Form A shrub growing upright and has compact growth habit, up to 1.8 m tall and 1 m wide.
Roots Tap root.
Foliage Compound pinnate (odd-pinnate), glossy dark green leaves with serrated or toothed margin.  
Flowers Large and showy, apricot yellow trumpet-shaped flowers with reddish-orange throats. Flower when in bloom is about 5 cm in diameter.
Fruit Plant is almost sterile, and produces very few seeds.
Others - Plant Morphology The cultivar is named after the Arizona State University mascot, hybridized by an ASU faculty member, George Hull in 2012.
Cultivation Plant in a well-drained soil. If plant in containers, ensure there is excellent drainage. Plant requires very little water once established.
Etymology The genus Tecoma is taken from the Mexican name tecomaxochitl.

Landscaping Features

Desirable Plant Features Ornamental Flowers
Landscape Uses General, Roadside Tree / Palm, Parks & Gardens, Focal Plant, Container Planting
Thematic Landscaping Bird & Wildlife Garden

Fauna, Pollination and Dispersal

Fauna Pollination Dispersal Associated Fauna Bird Attracting
Pollination Method(s) Biotic (Fauna) (Insects (Bee), Vertebrates (Bird))

Plant Care and Propagation

Light Preference Full Sun
Water Preference Moderate Water, Little Water
Plant Growth Rate Moderate
Rootzone Tolerance Dry Soils / Drought, Moist Soils, Well-Drained Soils
Maintenance Requirements Moderate
Potential Problems Generally not affected by pest or disease, however can be infested with whiteflies and spidermites.
Pest(s) Sucking Insects
Propagation Method Stem Cutting


Foliage Retention Evergreen
Mature Foliage Colour(s) Green
Mature Foliage Texture(s) Glossy / Shiny
Prominent Young Flush Colour(s) Green
Young Flush Texture(s) Glossy / Shiny
Foliar Type Compound
Foliar Arrangement Along Stem Opposite
Foliar Attachment to Stem Petiolate
Foliar Shape(s) Non-Palm Foliage
Foliar Venation Pinnate / Net
Foliar Margin Serrate / Toothed
Foliar Apex - Tip Acute

Non - Foliar and Storage

Stem Type & Modification Woody
Root Type Underground (Tap Root)

Floral (Angiosperm)

Flower & Plant Sexuality Bisexual Flowers
Flower Colour(s) Orange, Yellow / Golden
Flower Texture(s) Smooth
Flower Grouping Cluster / Inflorescence
Flower Location Axillary
Flower Symmetry Bilateral
Individual Flower Shape Trumpet-shaped
Inflorescence Type Raceme
Flowering Period Free-Flowering

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Master ID 31141
Species ID 5532
Flora Disclaimer The information in this website has been compiled from reliable sources, such as reference works on medicinal plants. It is not a substitute for medical advice or treatment and NParks does not purport to provide any medical advice. Readers should always consult his/her physician before using or consuming a plant for medicinal purposes.
Species record last updated on: 22 February 2022.