- Broadleaf evergreen
- USDA hardiness zones:
Native to Brazil, golden trumpet or common allamanda is a frost-tender, evergreen, tropical plant that is primarily grown as a climbing vine, but may also be pruned as a shrub. As a vine, it will grow rapidly to 20. Features clusters of yellow, trumpet-shaped, single or double flowers with white throat markings and leathery, wavy-margined, obovate, light green leaves (4-6î long) that appear in whorls of 3-4 or in pairs along the stems. Blooms throughout the summer to first frost. As with most dogbane family members, the stems exude a toxic milky sap. Genus name honors Frederich Allamand, an 18th century Swiss botanist.
- Full sun
Tropical evergreen vine or shrub that is winter hardy to USDA Zones 10-11. Grow in organically rich, medium moisture, well-drained soils in full sun. Best flowering in full sun. Best performance occurs in hot and humid climates where nighttime temperatures do not dip below 60 degrees F. In St. Louis, this plant is grown as an annual or in containers or greenhouses. Container plants must be brought inside before first frost and overwintered as houseplants in large sunny rooms with intense bright light and moderate humidity or in a greenhouse. When grown as a vine, it must be trained to grow on a support structure because it does not twine or have tendrils/aerial roots. May also be pruned to grow as a shrub. Thin stems to promote air circulation if fungal diseases attack the foliage. Can be difficult to grow as a houseplant due to large size.
Size and growth:
- 10.0 to 20.0 feet
- 3.0 to 6.0 feet
Bloom / flowers:
- Seasonal bloomer
- Yellow with white throat markings
Showy flowers, Annual, Yellow, and Evergreen
Central and South America
Grow as annual vine for porches, trellises, fences or through large shrubs. Container plant that can be overwintered indoors. In tropical areas, it is often grown as a hedge.
Watch for scale, mealy bugs and leaf spot.