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This species, Tabebuia heterophylla (Pink Trumpet-Tree) is a moderate sized tree 20 to 30 feet tall. It has an irregular, oval, open crown, narrowing toward the top, and rough, silvery-gray furrowed bark. Moreover, the leaves (and flowers) are variable on the same tree, as suggested by the species name. Additionally, the dark green leaves, are palmately compound. Also, the leathery leaves are opposite or sub-opposite on the branch. The leaves have oblong or oval leaf edges. They are also entire or undulated and 6 to 12 inches long.
Moreover, the showy pink flowers are borne in clusters at the branch ends. The trumpet-shaped flowers are about 3 inches long. Pollinators include hummingbirds, bees and other insects. In flower it produces a 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 be grown on most any well-drained soil typed, and is hardy in urban environments. In addition, it suffers from no major pests or diseases.
The Tabebuia heterophylla (Pink 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.
Other names: Tabebuia riparia, Tabebuia pallida, Tabebuia pentaphylla, Pink Trumpet-Tree