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Bahama Firebush Hamelia cuprea Yellow Flowers


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Hamelia cuprea or Bahama Firebush is a large growing tropical shrub that, despite the common name is native to Cuba, Haiti and Caymen Islands, but not the Bahama Islands. It is frequently misrepresented as a plant native Florida, and although it is closely related to the native Hamelia patens.

It is easily distinguished from its native cousin. The flowers are larger, have a more open bell shape vs the slender trumpets of Hamelia patens, and begin as bright yellow and age to orange. It has smaller, elliptical light green leaves with a copper toned blush. Whether it is more, less or equally as attractive to hummingbirds and other wildlife appear to vary widely.

It is most easily grown in a small tree like bush form. Bahama Firebush will grow in a wide range of soil conditions and does not require much care.  It needs irrigation until it becomes established, but then is quite drought tolerant.  It does best in full sun, but will tolerate the shade, just taking on a more leggy open habit and produces fewer blooms.

It makes a great barrier border, background or screen plantings in mass, or is a great stand alone accent, or makes a knock out patio tree, and attracts wildlife. However native plant purists argue against this so as to not risk contamination of the gene pool of the native species with non-native species.



Botanical Name Hamelia cuprea
Common Name Bahama Firebush
Plant Family Matter
Mature Size 10 to 20 feet
Growth Habit Large Upright Rounded Shrub
Bloom Color Yellow to orange
Bloom Form Clusters, trumpet shaped tubules
Bloom Time Late spring to early winter
Water Needs Moderate until well established
Light Needs Full Sun to Light Shade
Zones 9, 10, 11
Key Features Very Showy Bloom, Easy to grow, Attracts Wildlife
Suggested Uses Boundary, Mixed Perinneals, Specimen, Habitat












Direct planting of 4 inch starter size plants is not recommended, so for the best results with your new plant, we recommend it be repotted and allowed to grow larger before setting out in a tropical to subtropical landscape. 

When the new pot has filled with roots and the plant is larger, then here a few hints for successful growing in the landscape in Zones 9, 10, and 11.  can be grown as a potted plant indefinitely.

  • Plant in fertile well draining, slightly acidic soil soil in the full sun. Amend with high quality organic material as needed.
  • Locate in full sun to very lightly dappled shade.
  • Provide supplemental irrigation.
  • Feed a good quality, slow release, bloom boosting fertilize with the initial planting and twice yearly in the early Spring and early Fall thereafter. 
  • Supplement with a water soluble plant food in between feeding.
  • Prune lightly and often when young to encourage branching and after flowering to promote uniform shape and control size.
  • Protect from frost and freeze until very well established

  • Model: HAM-YEL-BF-04
  • Shipping Weight: 2.1lbs
  • 18 Units in Stock
  • Manufactured by: Emerald Goddess Gardens

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