Evergreen shrub, orange flowers, hummingbird-friendly

Discussion in 'Plant ID' started by Mr. Fix-It, Sep 8, 2008.

  1. Mr. Fix-It

    Mr. Fix-It New Seed

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    I've spent quite a bit of time trying to ID this shrub and hoping someone here can help. There's quite a few of these shrubs in our neighborhood, probably all planted about year 2000, one of them approx. 10-feet tall. Zone 9a.
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    Note the 3-inch slender seed pods. :roll:

    Thanks a bunch.
     



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  2. stratsmom

    stratsmom Flower Fanatic

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    Wow, I'm not sure but I'm sure someone here can help you 8) The blossom looks kind of azalea like to me or maybe trumpet vine????? It is a pretty thing. Does it attract hummingbirds, butterflies and bees?


    Duh, I just saw the honey-bee :roll:
     
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    eileen Resident Taxonomist Staff Member Moderator Plants Contributor

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    Sorry I'm afraid I don't have a clue what it is (it does look very similar to an azalea though I have to admit) but just wanted to say that I love the hot orange colour of it. :stew1: Hope you get an ID soon.
     
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    Argh! This is a case of "I've seen it, I've heard it's name but I can't remember now and don't know where to start looking". It's lovely, though.
     
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    eileen Resident Taxonomist Staff Member Moderator Plants Contributor

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    The more I look at your pictures the more I feel I should know it too. It reminds me of Californian Fuchsia (Zauschneria Californica) but I think the leaves are wrong.
    Arrrgg is it sooooo annoying when you can't quite put a tag to a plant. I'm of to have a look at some more books.
     
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    Looks like what we always call a trumpet vine, give them sun, and they take over.
     
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    Mr. Fix-It New Seed

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    Thanks to all who've responded about this shrub. It's not Zauschneria Californica...or the cigar plant...or an azalea...or a trumpet vine. The closest I've seen is a plant called Angel's Trumpet, native to Hawaii (not the tree that's native to Africa). But I've ruled that out, as well.

    It's difficult to tell from the photos, but the leaves are about the size of a quarter and they're serrated. The flowers really are that brilliant orange and they spread via above-ground runners.

    The main reason I'm inquiring is to find out when and how to prune it. I figured if I had the name I could research online, but since it seems to be obscure, maybe I should just figure on trimming in late winter. Do you think??

    Here are a coupla more photos:

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    It's a Cape Honeysuckle, Tecomaria capensis. I think. Here's a link: Desert Tropicals.
     
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    BINGO Droopy! That's remarkable that you found it . . . I didn't have a clue.
     
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    Thank you SoJ, neither did I. It did help that I was annoyed because I felt I should know it. :D
     
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    eileen Resident Taxonomist Staff Member Moderator Plants Contributor

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    Droopy I've said it before but I'll say it again you are GOOD!!! :D
     
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    Droopy, you've made my day. I'll hoist one for you this evening. THANK YOU!!! :setc_089:
     
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    :oops: You lot! Sometimes I'm in the puzzle mood, and get lucky. Other times the plant has a characteristic that hints me in the right direction. Those are relatively easy. Yesterday I just wanted to find that plant.