Tecoma stans. Also known as Esperanza, Yellow Bells, Yellow Elder & Hardy Yellow Trumpet. It dons large yellow trumpet-shaped flowers. And how it blooms! I got to enjoy three seasons of blooming this past year; spring, summer and autumn.
This shrub was a delight in the garden. It thrived through the heat and drought and tripled in size from the time I planted it.
The flowers have a pleasing fragrance although a little different. The Indians made bows from its wood, and in Mexico a beer was prepared from its roots; it has also been used for a variety of medicines.
The flowers also provide nectar for bees.
There are several bumble bees who have claimed this as their eating establishment. I think this is his happy hour.
This was supposed to have been winter hardy here in Fort Worth but, alas, it never came back this past Spring. I have truly missed it in the garden this summer.
Surprisingly Lovey didn't care for it. I don't understand why but I'm going to plant another one next year anyway; perhaps in a different spot where he won't have to look at it.