History Trail

10    Tecoma Hedge

Near the swing gate and also the north-east corner of the property can be found the last remnants of the hedge of Tecoma capensis. Tecoma is native to South Africa and is also known as Cape Honeysuckle. The hedge once surrounded all the front garden.

Tecoma makes a good hedge plant because of its dense rambling habit, which makes it difficult for animals to penetrate. Being between 1-2 metres tall, this hedge would also have provided good shelter for the vegetable gardens at the back of Williams House.

If left un-trimmed, tecoma will produce bright orange-red, trumpet-like flowers that have a lot of nectar. This makes the flowering plant attractive to butterflies and birds, such as our native tui.

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