By Christy Jones
Gold Star Esperanza (Tecoma stans ‘Gold Star’)
This semi-evergreen, native shrub is a favorite among Houston area growers for its large clusters of golden flowers that bloom all summer. Considered a fast grower, it can reach 6-7 feet tall and wide in only a few years. It thrives in zones 9-11 and grows wild along rocky slopes around San Antonio, northern Mexico, and Arizona.
Gardeners will be happy to know that this shrub is both pest resistant and deer resistant, as well as a favorite nectar source of bees, butterflies, and hummingbirds. Drought tolerant and heat resistant, it flourishes in borders and containers and blooms continuously if its fruit is removed.
If you think you have the perfect spot for this plant, check out The Mercer Society’s next plant sale on Saturday, June 19.