One of the best parts of Camana Bay is that there is always something new in the flora to see: a tree, a vine, a new shrub or even a container planting. In the roadside plant beds near One Nexus Way is a new beautifully landscaped area with colossal large foliaged tropical plants, neighboured by a smashing collection of colourful flowering perennials and shrubs.
One of those shrubs is the Allamanda schottii, also known as bush allamanda and golden trumpet. Native to Brazil and Central and South America, this evergreen shrub has shiny light-green leaves emerging in whorls of pairs along the stems, and a myriad of beautiful trumpet-shaped yellow flowers. The blooms shine proudly in the sun, and are soft to the touch.
When grown in full sun, with moist and well-drained soils rich in organic matter, the golden trumpet will bloom year round in the landscape. It has moderate watering needs and is slightly drought tolerant, but will shed its leaves if it becomes too dry. Once established it is otherwise a very low-maintenance shrub.
It may be trained to vine itself to a trellis or other structure, but will maintain a compact size requiring little to no pruning in a flower bed.
The stems and leaves contain a milky sap, which can cause a mild allergic reaction to some people.
Allamanda schotti was named in honour of the Swiss botanist Frederick Allamand, who was a correspondent of the father of binomial nomenclature, Carl Linnaeus. The specific epithet may honour Richard van der Schot, who was a famous collector in the 1700s.