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The Tabebuia caraiba (Yellow Trumpet) is a small tree native to Brazil. It is just one of several Yellow-flowered Tabebuias. Additionally, it grows to a height of 15 to 25 feet. Moreover, the trunk and branches are contorted. The crown is dominated by 2 or 3 major branches, giving the crown an irregular oval shape.
In addition, it has silvery deeply-furrowed bark. The leaves are dark green, silvery, palmate and compound. Leaves consist of 5 leaflet. The leaflets measure 7 to 11 by 1.5 to 2.5 inches. Importantly, the leaves drop just before flowering begins. Finally, flowers are terminal clusters of many trumpet-shaped golden yellow blooms. The blooms are 2 to 3 inches long. Furthermore, the flowers attract Hummingbirds, bees and other insects.
Furthermore, the fruit is brown and dry. The hard elongated fruit pods measure up to 12 inches long. Propagation is by seed or air layering. The Tabebuia caraiba (Yellow Trumpet) grows on any soil of reasonable fertility. It requires moderate moisture and needs to be protected from frost. It has no pest or disease problems of concern. This tree adds a splash of color along streets, or in parking lot islands. It can also be used on highway medians, on lawns, patios or in containers.
Other names: Tabebuia aurea