Genus: Tabebuia Chrysotricha
Common name: Golden trumpet tree / Yellow Tabebuia / Caribbean Trumpet tree / Silver Trumpet tree / Paraguayan Trumpet tree
When I used to live in Bangalore, I was simply bowled over by my first sight of the Golden yellow Tabebuia trees that seemed to just spring up with blooms overnight. Tight clusters of its trumpet shaped bright yellow flowers would be arrayed over the entire tree, highlighted more by the near absence of leaves on the trees. This has got to be one of the most showstopper of all the avenue landscaping trees that I have ever seen. And its been planted very generously all over Bangalore where one can see all three colors together in springtime of February – April.
In February 2017, I was on a holiday in Bangalore and happened to visit the museum where this tree was running a crazy riot all around. I think I ended up spending more time clicking Tabebuia trees than inside the museum 😉
The trunk of this tree grows pretty twisted and crooked and it was so evident in this one tree that had grown pretty wide and its ample canopy was providing such shade to the cars parked under it. That’s by far my favorite picture of this tree. Due to this kind of growth, the tree is susceptible to damage by uprooting in storms quite easily. This characteristic lends quite a droopy or weeping look to the foliage.
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The underside of the leaves and the bark of the tree has quite a silver / gray appearance, which leads to this also being called the Silver Trumpet tree. The tree is native to Brazil/Caribbean and is grown largely for its ornamental properties. It doesn’t grow quite large and can be easily planted in a medium sized container, lending it a bonsai-kind of look.
Tabebuia prefers a sunny weather and its flowers are great for attracting bees. Its favored very highly for planting on road medians and avenues.
Have you witnessed the glory of this tree? It also grows in lavendar pink and deep pink hues in Bangalore.
Thursday Tree Love is a fabulous tree hop by the lovely Parul K Thakur who opens the blog hop every 2nd and 4th Thursday of the month. So if you have a gorgeous tree to share with us, please link up on her post.
Check out my post on its pink avatar here