Weed of the Week: Yellow bells


Name: Yellow bells

Scientific name: Tecoma stans

How to identify the weed: A large multi-branched shrub that grows 1.5 – 5m in height. It produces showy clusters of yellow, tubular flowers 3 – 5cm long. It has paired leaves with several elongated, sharply-toothed leaflets. Large elongated capsules are produced, which release winged seeds when they split.

Why is the weed a problem: It is regarded as an environmental weed in Queensland and New South Wales, readily spreading from garden to bushland. It invades bushland quickly, spreading easily through its light wind-borne, winged seeds. Seeds may also be dispersed during floods.

How to manage the weed: Chemical control is the most effective way to eradicate this weed. Dispose of all seed and be prepared to treat regrowth for up to 18 months following initial treatment. For more information, please contact IndigiScapes on 3824 8611.

Any other interesting facts: Introduced as a garden ornamental from tropical America, this plant is now widespread throughout the coastal areas of eastern and northern Australia and Christmas Island.

 

Yellow Bells (Tecoma stans)

Yellow Bells (Tecoma stans)