Kampala Tree and Palm Directory

Tree Species
Common Name
Tree Description
Tree Uses

English: Trumpet flower, Ginger thomas, Tecoma, Yellow bells, Yellow bignonia, Yellow cedar, Yellow elder, Yellow trumpet tree.

+ Tree Species

Tecoma stans

+ Tree Family


+ Ecology

Trumpet flower is native to tropical America. It prefers dry and disturbed areas such as roadsides but it can also be found in relatively undisturbed forests. In Kampala, this tree species can be found within Makerere II zone C, City Hall gardens, Children's park among other places.

+ Description

Trumpet flower is a fast-growing shrub or small tree that can reach a height of 5 - 8 meters, and with stem diameters of up to 25 cm.

BARK: pale brown to grey and roughens with age.

LEAVES: opposite, stalked, compound leaves are pinnate, bearing 3-7 elliptic to elliptic-ovate leaflets with toothed margins.

FLOWERS: fragrant, bright yellow tubular flowers are borne on a short, upright, terminal inflorescence. Each flower measures about 3 cm long.

FRUITS: elongated and flattened, measuring up to 30 cm long and 2 cm wide. The fruits mature from green to brown and split open to release numerous seeds which are papery and winged. The seeds are flat, and oblong in shape, measuring up to 8 mm long and about 4 mm wide. Together with the wings, they are about 2 cm long and 0.8 mm wide. 

+ Uses

An ornamental tree

Medicine: leaves roots, and flowers. http://tropical.theferns.info/viewtropical.php id=Tecoma+stans

Agroforestry: can be planted as a live hedge.

The wood is used in cabinet making, turnery, to make tools, and in the construction of buildings.

Trees provide firewood and charcoal.

T. stans provides useful shade, especially in gardens.

+ Propagation

Seeds, cuttings.

+ Management


+ Remarks

The plant is often grown as an ornamental by virtue of its many yellow trumpet-shaped, scented flowers, it is also sometimes cultivated for its medicinal virtues, as a hedge and to provide shade.

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