Known for its extravagant flowers, the Tabebuia or trumpet tree is beautiful and eye-catching even when not in bloom. Its size and and root structure make it perfect for planting in smaller yards or near sidewalks, patios or driveways.
This tropical evergreen is covered year-round with silvery-green oval leaves. The deeply furrowed silver trunk bends and branches in unusual and pleasing ways. The crown is open, asymmetrical and often cone or dome-shaped. In South Florida the Tabebuia frequently blooms more than once each year. The flowers are trumpet-shaped, yellow or pink with bright yellow centers and appear in clusters at the end of the leaf stems. The entire tree blooms at once, creating the unforgettable image of a floating cloud of flowers.
Tabebuia thrives in any reasonably fertile soil and is moderately drought resistant once established. It does equally well in full sun or partial shade. Some pruning is necessary in young trees. Remove lower branches to establish a sturdy central trunk. The Tabebuia resists disease and is not troubled by pests. The open branches create a dappled shade pattern that allows grass to flourish beneath the crown.
This striking beauty adds a splash of tropical color to lawns and parkways.