Cape honeysuckle


Cape honeysuckle

Tecoma capensis

Scientific name

Tecoma capensis is a species of flowering plant in the family Bignoniaceae, native to southern Africa. Despite its common name, it is not closely related to the true honeysuckle.

Tecoma capensis has been in cultivation for many years and is often used for hedging, as it is a scrambling shrub. It can be propagated from cuttings or by removing rooted suckers during the active growth phase.

It can be planted in semi-shade to full sun. In cold areas young plants should be protected from frost. To keep this shrub clean and tidy, it must be pruned back in late winter to promote new growth and flowers. The application of a balanced fertilizer after pruning will enhance the growth and flowering.

Propagation instructions

By seed

Tecomaria capensis is widely cultivated and very easy to propagate from cuttings or by removing rooted suckers or runners during the active growth phase. In areas prone to frost young plants should be protected. It is remarkably tolerant of periods of drought, and is well suited to water-wise gardens.

By cutting

Cape honeysuckle can be planted in semi-shade to full sun. It withstands clipping and can be trained into a neat hedge, or allowed to bush out into a more informal hedge. To keep this shrub clean and tidy, it must be pruned back in late winter to promote new growth and flowers. Plants can be pruned back heavily if required, and will resprout. The application of a balanced fertilizer after pruning will enhance the growth and flowering.

References and further reading

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Image credit: Stickpen
Seedbank Quantity
Arundel Seedbank 17
Total 17
Nursery Quantity
Arundel Nursery 25
Marlise's Nursery 11
Nadine´s nursery 16
Total 52

This table below shows how many plants we are trying to obtain for this species.

Site Area Quantity
Site #20 Rosebank 100
Total 100

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Important characteristics

Conservation status: Least Concern

This species was selected because it has various important characteristics.

This is a bird-friendly species

It provides medicinal value

Drought-resistant

Easy to grow

It provides food for:

Honeybees/flies

Southern double-collared sunbird

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