Friday, February 21, 2014

Florida Green Roof and Living Wall Plant, Cape Honeysuckle, Tecoma capensis, Amazing Intense & Brilliant Orange Color

Here are a couple photos from an amazing living wall vine, Cape honeysuckle, Tecoma capensis with super intense, bright orange blooms.  
Florida green roof, living wall plant Cape Honeysuckle, Tecoma capensis, Daytona shopping mall
If you love orange then this living wall vine is perfect for you.
Florida green roof, living wall plant Cape Honeysuckle, Tecoma capensis, bright orange blooms
Cape honeysuckle is not native to this area so please take this into account when planting or using in a landscape.  We always first and for most recommend the use of native vines for living walls where possible.  Cape honeysuckle does exhibit some aggressive growing tendencies but the species is not listed on the Florida Exotic Pest Plant Council's invasive plant list (yet).

This vine based wall was covered with pollinators the other day!
Florida  living wall plant Cape Honeysuckle, Tecoma capensis, Daytona shopping mall another view
It appears Cape honeysuckle is very drought tolerant.  

The vine has reached out and begun to wrap around adjacent hardscape so we'd recommend regular pruning to keep the plant neatly trimmed in place.
 
Florida green roof, living wall plant Cape Honeysuckle, Tecoma capensis
Living walls are so very beneficial to the community, delivering;
  • a cooling of Urban Heat Island Effect
  • cleaning and treating storm water
  • sequestering carbon dioxide and carbon
  • lots of fresh oxygen on a daily basis
  • beauty and creating a sense of place
  • communal and foraging habitat for birds and wildlife
  • integrative pest control
  • and so much more...
What an amazing display of color! Cape honeysuckle's ability to create a stunning living wall of green and orange certainly deserves recognition for eye catching artistic beauty.

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