TRUMPET TREE

FAMILY: Bignoniaceae | GENUS: TABEBUIA

TYPE
  • Deciduous
  • Evergreen
  • Trees
SUN EXPOSURE
  • Full Sun
  • Partial Shade
WATER
  • Regular Water
PLANTING ZONES
  • TS (Tropical South) / Zone 10
  • TS (Tropical South) / Zone 11
FLOWER COLOR
  • Pink
  • Purple
  • White
  • Yellow
IN SEASON
  • Spring Bloom

Plant Details

Native to the tropical Americas. Showy, trumpet-shaped flowers are borne in rounded clusters that become larger and more profuse as trees mature. Leaves are typically green; may be simple (undivided) or divided into as many as seven leaflets arranged like fingers of hand. Number of leaflets is often variable within a species.

These trees tend to be gangly or irregular when young; benefit from training in early years. Need well-drained soil; respond well to regular fertilizing. All are useful as color accents and as stand-alone flowering trees for display. Larger types are excellent as street or park plantings; smaller species make beautiful patio trees or container plants.

Trumpet Tree

Tabebuia Caraiba

  • Semievergreen.
  • Grows 1525 feet high and 1015 feet wide, with a dense, usually asymmetrical crown.
  • Silvery leaves are divided into narrow leaflets.
  • In late winter, just after leaf drop, the tree is covered with 2- to 3 inches-long golden yellow flowers.

Golden Trumpet Tree

Tabebuia Chrysotricha

  • Briefly deciduous.
  • Grows to 2550 feet high and wide.
  • Young twigs, leaf undersides covered with tawny fuzz.
  • Golden yellow flowers are 34 inches long, often with maroon stripes in throat. Blooms most heavily in spring, when tree loses leaves for brief period.
  • May also bloom lightly at other times, when in leaf.

Pink Trumpet Tree

Tabebuia Heterophylla

  • Evergreen to semievergreen.
  • Slender habit to 40 feet tall, 20 feet wide; sometimes grown as a large shrub.
  • Flowers 23 inches long, in colors ranging from pinkish purple through pink shades to white.
  • Blossoms appear abundantly in spring but may also be seen occasionally throughout the rest of the year.

Pink Ipe

Tabebuia Impetiginosa

  • Semievergreen.
  • Slow to 2550 feet high and wide. In late winter or spring, bears 2- to 3 inches flowers in white to light pink and purple.
  • May rebloom in late summer or fall. Does not bloom as a young tree.

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