Hamelia patens

Firecracker Bush, Firebush, Scarlet Bush

Family: Rubiaceae Madder

Type Tree, shrub
USDA Hardiness range 9A - 11
Exposure Partial shade to full sun
Bloom color Orange, red
Bloom time Year 'round
Water needs Moist
Landscape uses Border, container, foundation, massing, standard, specimen
Height 6' to 15' / 1.80m to 4.60m
Spread 5' to 15' / 1.60m to 4.60m
Growth rate Fast
Persistence Evergreen, needles or needle-like
Bloom attributes Attracts butterflies
Leaf color Green
Fruit color Black
Soil pH requirements Acidic, neutral, alkaline, slightly alkaline
Soil type Sandy, clay, loamy
Form Rounded, spreading or horizontal
Attributes and features Attracts birds, native to North America, invasive