I tend to cut it back fairly hard after flowering, around the end of November. Old canes can be removed completely at pruning time. If grown as a climber on a fence, prune back the stems to the main framework each year.
Propagate by taking soft-tip cuttings in late spring and summer, semi-hardwood cuttings in autumn and winter, or by layering.
These fast-growing plants can be used to form bushy clumps, to cover low walls as a climbing plant (you will need supports), in pots as a houseplant and greenhouse, and for terraces and patios.
Streptosolen jamesonii prefers a sunny exposure if the summer is not very hot and a semi-shade exposure in climates with very hot summers. It's a tropical plant that does not resist cold below 7 ºC.
The single species, Streptosolen jamesonii, the marmalade bush or fire bush, is an evergreen shrub bearing loose clusters of flowers which change gradually from yellow to red as they develop, resulting in an overall appearance resembling orange marmalade (whence the name), found in open woodlands Read more
A monotypic species native to open woodlands of Colombia, Ecuador, and Peru. The name is from the Greek words 'streptos' for "twisted" and 'solon' for "tube" in reference to the shape of the floral tube.
Grow in full sun in fertile, humus-rich, well-drained soil. Streptosolen shares one quality of most solanum family members - toughness. Once established, it is drought tolerant, disease and bug resistant and thrives in a variety of soils.
The plant is poisonous.
This medium evergreen will grow up to 3 metres high and 2.5 metres wide if planted in a garden bed. It's also well suited to containers, either spilling out of a wall-mounted pot or in a tub on your balcony.
It has flexible, arching stems which can be trained against a wall or even up a pillar, as long as it is tied on, as it has no method of attaching itself to a support; or it can be tip-pruned when young to form a Read more
The flowers emerge a yellow orange and age to deep orange red which gives the plant the multicolored look that reminds one of Marmalade. Best in full sun or part shade with regular watering. Plants that freeze back often will reprout and grow back to Read more
A sun lover, Streptosolen wants some heat and a little moisture to get established. This may take two or more years but the show is most certainly worth the wait. Mature plants will bloom from mid-spring to Thanksgiving, possibly later in mild zones.
Best in full sun or part shade with regular watering. Only hardy to around 30° F so is best in frost free gardens or where it can be protected from frost.
A lax, evergreen, frost-tender shrub, it enjoys sun and good soil. It has flexible, arching stems which can be trained against a wall or even up a pillar, as long as it is tied on, as it has no method of attaching itself to a Read more
Best in full sun or part shade with regular watering. Only hardy to around 30° F so is best in frost free gardens or where it can be protected from frost. Plants that freeze back often will reprout and grow back to full size within Read more
Marmalade bush (Streptosolen jamesonii) is native to Colombia and Ecuador, and grows in the U.S. in the warmest regions. It can thrive in U.S. Department of Agriculture plant hardiness zones 9b through 11. According to marmalade bush information, the shrub is evergreen and perennial with Read more
They are fairly easy growing plants that do not usually suffer attacks from pests and diseases. They are propagated from semi-woody cuttings in summer.