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. Bahama Firebush 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.
Condition: One (1) Well rooted, starter size plant growing and shipped in a 4 inch diameter plastic pot. Plant will be a minimum of about 6 to 8 inches tall and unlikely to have bloom or bud at the time of shipping.
*Limited Conditional Warranty: Warranty is limited to guaranteeing plants will arrive safely and in good and healthy condition, and is conditioned on Seller receiving prompt notice (within 24 hours of delivery) of any problem with the condition accompanied by photo validation.
No other additional, extended or long term Warranty is expressed or implied.
- Brand: Emerald Goddess Gardens
- Common Name: Bahama Firebush
- Bloom Form: Bell
- Mature Size: 6 to 10 feet
- Fragrance: None
- Suggested Uses: Background, Boundary, Hedge Row, Accent, Mixed Perennials, Potte
- House Plant Adapative: Not Recommended
- Country of Origin: USA
- Limited Conditional Warranty: Healthy Arrival
- Extended Long Term Warranty: None
- Manufacturer:Emerald Goddess Gardens TM
- Climate: Tropical
- Color: Yellow Peach
- Special Features: Easy to grow, showy bloom
- Species: Hamelia cuprea
- Sunlight: Full sun to very light shade
- USDA Hardiness Zone: 9, 10, 11
- Watering: Moderate