Bells Of Fire™ Esperanza
Bells Of Fire™ Esperanza flowers
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Height: 6 feet
Spread: 5 feet
Hardiness Zone: 7b
Other Names: Red Orange Bells, Red Trumpet Flower, Cahauto
Brand: Southern Living
A heat loving, mid-sized shrub with a tropical appearance, producing clusters of showy red-orange flowers all season long; a more compact variety for smaller spaces
Bells Of Fire™ Esperanza features showy clusters of red trumpet-shaped flowers with orange overtones and yellow throats along the branches from mid spring to mid fall, which emerge from distinctive crimson flower buds. It has dark green evergreen foliage. The serrated pointy leaves remain dark green throughout the winter.
Bells Of Fire™ Esperanza is a multi-stemmed evergreen shrub with an upright spreading habit of growth. Its average texture blends into the landscape, but can be balanced by one or two finer or coarser trees or shrubs for an effective composition.
This shrub will require occasional maintenance and upkeep, and is best pruned in late winter once the threat of extreme cold has passed. It is a good choice for attracting bees, butterflies and hummingbirds to your yard, but is not particularly attractive to deer who tend to leave it alone in favor of tastier treats. It has no significant negative characteristics.
Bells Of Fire™ Esperanza is recommended for the following landscape applications;
- Mass Planting
- General Garden Use
- Container Planting
Planting & Growing
Bells Of Fire™ Esperanza will grow to be about 6 feet tall at maturity, with a spread of 5 feet. It has a low canopy with a typical clearance of 1 foot from the ground, and is suitable for planting under power lines. It grows at a medium rate, and under ideal conditions can be expected to live for approximately 20 years.
This shrub does best in full sun to partial shade. It prefers to grow in average to moist conditions, and shouldn't be allowed to dry out. It may require supplemental watering during periods of drought or extended heat. It is not particular as to soil type, but has a definite preference for acidic soils, and is subject to chlorosis (yellowing) of the foliage in alkaline soils. It is somewhat tolerant of urban pollution. This particular variety is an interspecific hybrid.
Bells Of Fire™ Esperanza makes a fine choice for the outdoor landscape, but it is also well-suited for use in outdoor pots and containers. With its upright habit of growth, it is best suited for use as a 'thriller' in the 'spiller-thriller-filler' container combination; plant it near the center of the pot, surrounded by smaller plants and those that spill over the edges. It is even sizeable enough that it can be grown alone in a suitable container. Note that when grown in a container, it may not perform exactly as indicated on the tag - this is to be expected. Also note that when growing plants in outdoor containers and baskets, they may require more frequent waterings than they would in the yard or garden.