Trumpet bushes are beautiful, lush green plants that boast colorful flowers, usually in yellow or purple. They are native to elevated desert areas and are great for landscaping. If you want to grow a trumpet bush, you should make sure you know all there is to know about caring for them.
One thing to realize about the trumpet bush is that it will not do well in freezing cold temperatures that are common in winter in regions that receive four distinctly different climates. If you do happen to live in an area that sees bitterly cold winters and you are growing a trumpet bush, you should take the time to winterize your plant in time for first frost.
The trumpet bush enjoys full sunlight and thrives in USDA growing zones 10 and 11. You can expect them to grow to a height of between 15 and 20 feet, and you should water the bushes on a regular daily basis. Because it typically grows in very hot conditions, it is easier for the plant to absorb water quickly, and a moist soil will do it good.
As with all bushes and shrubs, you should prune your trumpet on a regular basis. This is necessary to maintain its overall health as well as to shape the bush. Whenever you spot any damaged, dead or diseased parts of the plant, trim them away with a pair of sharp pruning shears. Make the cuts by removing entire branches to promote the growth of healthy new buds.
Only do the pruning during times of dormancy, as doing so too late in the season can cause the bush to continue growing at a time when it should not. Be aware that trumpet bushes can attract bees. Therefore, if you are allergic to bee stings, this may be something to consider if you are thinking of planting a trumpet bush in your garden or front yard.