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Tabebuia donnell-smithii (Handroanthus)

Primavera Tree

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Tabebuia donnell-smithii (Primavera tree)  is one of the yellow-flowered tabebuias. Furthermore, this species name honors its discoverer.  John Donnell Smith, was an American botanist.

In central America, Primavera tree is a large timber tree with valuable wood. Its wood is used in furniture and molding.

The Primavera tree has a straight trunk and grows up to 100 feet tall. It also has a round crown with upright branches. The grayish bark is initially smooth but becomes furrowed with age. Also, its green leaves are opposite, compound and palmate. The leaves have with 5 to 7 leaflets. Meanwhile, the leaves measure 8 to 20 inches long. In addition, flowering takes place when the tree is leafless.  Eight inch-long clusters of bright yellow blooms will develop as clusters at branch ends. Individual flowers are trumpet-shaped about 1 inch wide. The yellow flowers attract insects and hummingbirds.

Furthermore, the fruit are narrow seed capsules. The capsule is about 16 inches long containing winged seeds. The Tabebuia donnell-smithii (Primavera tree) is propagated by seed or cuttings. Primavera grows best in well-drained soils, sand or clayey. It is a hardy tree and invades pastures in its native area. When young the tree needs pruning to prevent weediness. As a landscape tree, it can be used along roads or streets, but is best grown in large areas which can accommodate its large potential size.

Other Names: syn. Roseodendron donnell-smithii

P.S Primavera means Spring in Spanish

Additional information


25 gal., 45 gal., 65 gal., 100 gal., 200 gal., 300 gal.

Common Name

Primavera Tree

Florida Native

No, Not FL Native


Latin America

Flowering Season


Salt Tolerance

High Salt Tolerance

Drought Tolerance

High Drought Tolerance

Growth Rate

Fast Growth Rate

Light Requirements

Full Sun

Flower Color