The Handroanthus Heterophylla var “Carib Queen”, also know as the Maroon trumpet tree. Is a variation hybrid between the Handroanthus Heterophylla (Pink Trumpet Tree) and the Handroanthus Impetiginosa (Purple Trumpet Tree). And as as all trees from this genus is catalogued as a moderate size tree of an average size of 20 to 30 feet tall. With an irregular, oval, open crown, narrowing toward the top. And a rough, silvery-gray furrowed bark.
Furthermore, leaves (and flowers) are variable on the same tree, as suggested by the species name. Additionally, the dark green leaves, are palmately compound. Leathery leaves are opposite or sub-opposite on the branch. The leaves have oblong or oval leaf edges. They are entire or undulated and 6 to 12 inches long. When the flowers are not in bloom, the tree is filled with broad leaves that curve inward; however, it is briefly deciduous right before flowering.
Moreover, the showy flowers are deep pink with a pale-yellow center and are borne in clusters at the branch ends. The trumpet-shaped flowers of the Handroanthus Heterophylla var “Carib Queen” are about 3 inches long. Pollinators include hummingbirds, bees and other insects.
When the tree is in flower it produces a breathtaking pink carpet of petals beneath the tree. Furthermore, the fruits are narrow, cylindrical, green ripening to brown. The dry, bean-like capsules measure up to 8 inches long. Propagation may be from seed or cuttings.
This tree can adapts to any well-drained soil typed, and is hardy in urban environments. In addition, it suffers from no major pests or diseases.
The Handroanthus Heterophylla var “Carib Queen”(Maroon Trumpet Tree) is an excellent shade tree and is spectacular when in bloom. It is suitable for general landscape use for parking lot islands, street tree, patio, park or garden. The tree responds well to pruning.
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