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African Firebush Plant Hamelia Yellow Orange Flowers Hummingirds


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The African or Yellow Firebush is easily distinguished from the native type as the flowers are bright golden yellow, blushing to orange, and the leaves are smooth. It grows slightly more dense, compact and a bit shorter, maturing as a big rounded bush at around 10 feet left to it's own devices. However, it is most frequently grown as hedge at 3 to 6 feet and is a great way to bring year round texture and color to the tropical landscape.

The leaves are an attractive bronze blushed green year round and the plant is covered in clusters of the slender tubular trumpet flowers in combination of bright orange and yellow berry like buds, slender golden yellow trumpets, tipped and blushed in scarlet orange.

It is a great low maintenance, easy care shrub that butterflies, hummingbirds and other birds adore.

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 border, background or screen plantings in mass, or is a great stand alone accent, or makes a knock out small patio standard form tree.

Botanical Name Hamelia lutea or nodulosa
Common Name Firebush, African Firebush, Mexican Firebush, Yellow Firebush
Plant Family Matter
Mature Size 10 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-AF-04
  • Shipping Weight: 2lbs
  • 4 Units in Stock
  • Manufactured by: Emerald Goddess Gardens

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