Moderate-growing, large evergreen shrub or small tree with an upright growth habit to 12-20’ tall x 10-15’ wide. This heat-tolerant species features long, narrow, glossy bright-green foliage accented with lightly-fragrant, trumpet-shaped, bright-yellow flowers that appear on the branch tips in summer, with intermittent bloom throughout the year. Attracts hummingbirds and butterflies. Flowering is followed by green seed pods that mature to black, which can be suppressed by removing older flowers as they expire. Prune in late-summer to fall to control size and promote a more dense-growing specimen.
Well-suited as an accent, large hedge or screen, or as a small specimen tree for courtyard and patio areas. It should be noted that all parts of this plant are poisonous which should be considered when choosing a planting location. Thrives with regular watering in a well-drained soil, and prefers a full to partial sun exposure.
Origin: Mexico and Central America
Height: Up to 7 feet
Light: Ensure that the plant gets sunlight throughout the year. Outdoors, give it full sun or partial shade.When grown indoors, set it near a west-facing or south-facing window for the most exposure to sunlight.
Soil: Grow the plant in soil with fast drainage. Combine regular potting soil with peat moss or compost to create better drainage and encourage a healthy root system.
Water: From early spring to early fall, the plant needs thorough and regular watering. Mist the plant weekly to maintain humidity. In dry environments, misting may be needed two or three times per week.
Fertilizer: Established trees should be fertilized every 2-3 years. Feed in early spring when plants start growing.Fertilizers are available in many forms: granulated, slow-release, liquid feeds, organic or synthetic. Determine which application method is best for the situation and select a product designed for trees and shrubs, or go with a nutritionally balanced, general-purpose formula such as 10-10-10. Over-fertilizing plants or applying at the wrong time during the growing season can result in plant injury.
Pruning: Pruning may be needed to remove dead branches, encourage bushier growth, promote more flowers, or maintain a specific size or shape.Dead branches should be removed close to the trunk, flush with the bark. When pruning to control a plant's size or shape, cuts should be made just above a leaf bud and at a slight angle. This bud will be where the new growth sprouts.Many shrubs can be regularly sheared to keep them shaped as a hedge, edging or formal foundation planting.
Propogation: Propagate the plant using cuttings taken from non-flowering stems. Dip the tips in rooting hormone and plant in regular potting soil. Keep the plant trays warm, preferably over a heat source. If a heat source isn’t available to set the plant on, cover the tray with plastic and poke holes for ventilation. Set near a window with lots of sunlight.