Tree with Big Yellow Flowers

What is that tree with the big yellow blooms in the spring?

Tabebuia (Tabebuia caraiba)

This tree is probably the Tabebuia. It has brilliant yellow flowers for a week or two in the early spring. It is considered a semi-evergreen tree since it only loses its leaves while flowering and seeding, It has very large and conspicuous seed pods ( 12 inches long). Both species grow from between 15 to 25 feet in height with branches that spread 10 to 15 feet. There is also a pink or purple Tabebuia (Tabebuia heterophylla) and a purple Tabebuia(Tabebuia impetiginosa).

About the Tree

  • The pronunciation of Tabebuia is tab-eh-BOO-yuh.
  • The common names are Tabebuia and Yellow Trumpet tree.
  • It likes full sun but will grow in partial sun or partial shade.
  • The trunk is considered showy.
  • Branches are susceptible to breakage.
  • The crown is dense and oval but considered irregular.
  • This tree has thorns.
  • Its tolerance to drought is high.
  • Its growth rate is moderate.
  • USDA zones 10A-11. In central Florida it can be damaged by frost. Plant it in a protected area.
  • It will grow in many soil types as long as they are well drained.
  • Propagation is by seeds.
  • It requires little maintenance.
  • It is free of serious pests and diseases