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Yellow Tabebuia

Tabebuia caraiba

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Zone 10

Tabebuia caraiba, Yellow Tabebuia, is a wonderful small tree from Brazil and is related to the Flame vine and Jacaranda tree

This Tabebuia is one over 100 species with blooms starting near the first day of spring in South Florida. Its masses of yellow trumpet flowers catch everyone's eye in season. Fort Myers has the best in the state

The foliage is mostly deciduous. Some trees lose 100% of their leaves prior to blooming (best) while others can hold some of their old leaves while in flower

One good "trick" is to cut off all added water 6-8 weeks before spring. This will encourage leaf drop and produce a much heavier show of flowers. All Tabebuias in irrigated landscapes are poorer bloomers due to this excess water. The tree in this photo never gets more than rainwater

Below are two HIGH REZ picks if you'd like to see


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The trunk and wood of the Tabebuia is also very interesting to see. This variety has brittle wood that breaks in strong winds, but the tree always comes back. Newly planted large field grown trees take several years to stabilize root strength, so strong storms can easily topple large, newly planted trees. Stand them up immediately

Use this tree for small spaces, in full sun, on well drained soil. The tree has no pests

We received email from Lee Greller from Mexico who added, "Here in Mexico we call the pink or yellow Tabebuia "primavera" because it blooms in the spring.  It is a very hard wood and makes really beautiful cabinets.  It also offers protection against termites."  Here's proof using the wood in his bathroom

For cooler zone like zone 9, the  Tabebuia chrysotricha, Golden Trumpet is excellent with virtually identical flowers

Other landscape Tabebuia varieties include:

  • Tabebuia chrysotricha, Golden Trumpet  #1   #2   #3   #4
  • Tabebuia donnell-smithii
  • Tabebuia heterophylla, Pink Trumpet Tree
  • Tabebuia heterophylla, 'Caribbean Queen'
  • Tabebuia impetiginosa, Purple Trumpet, offer page
  • Tabebuia ipe (imperiginosa)
  • Tabebuia pallida (heterophylla), also rosea
  • Tabebuia pentaphylla
  • Tabebuia serratifolia - Yellow Poui
  • Tabebuia umbellata, Yellow Trumpet