Easy Desert Plant: Orange Jubilee or Orange Bells

Easy Plants for Desert Landscaping

Orange Bells
Orange Bells. Judy Hedding

Orange Jubilee (sometimes called Orange Bells) is one of several desert plants that I recommend for people who want desert plants that are perennial (you need to plant them only once), hardy, low care, relatively drought resistant, easy to find, pretty cheap to buy, and provide lovely color many times during the year.

The botanical name for Orange Jubilee is Bignoniaceae, Tecoma Hybrid. The Orange Jubilee is an evergreen shrub that loves sun and heat. It blooms from late spring through early fall. These desert plants are drought resistant, and do well in almost any soil. The Orange Jubilee blooms are bright orange and tubular; they look like elongated bells, which is why some people call them Orange Bells plants. This desert plant attracts hummingbirds and bees. The leaves are a vibrant green color. Orange Jubilee plants will get eight feet tall or more, and several feet wide. Orange Jubilees can be trimmed to control size and can be shaped, but most are left natural allowing branches to get longish and weepy. If they get frost damaged in the winter, just cut them back and they will grow again in the spring.

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