Tecoma has long been a hot garden favorite for its blooming habits, high heat tolerance, fast growth rate, and versatility in the landscape. With its wide leaves and bright yellow flowers, this newer Tecoma hybrid is similar in appearance to the popular ‘Gold Star’ cultivar, but a comparison of their hummingbird friendly blooms reveals that ‘Lydia’ features a brighter yellow color with a neat white throat.
‘Lydia’ is also self-cleaning and nearly seedless. This means that flowering continues effortlessly from spring through fall, and spent flowers will drop from the plant rather than cling to the branches; giving this cultivar a tidy appearance throughout its long blooming season. Without pruning, ‘Lydia’ can grow to about 6 feet tall by 6 feet wide in Tucson, making it one of the more compact yellow-flowering hybrids you can grow.
Height: 5 – 6 feet
Width: 5 – 6 feet
Bloom color: Yellow
Flowering season: Spring, Summer, Fall
USDA minimum zone: 8
Cold hardiness: 20° F

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