With spring around the corner, there is no better sight, than a flowering one. Flowers are certainly a powerful yet mesmerizing manifestation that nature has for us. And perhaps one of the most distinguished specimens on the subjects are the Handroanthus, formerly classified as Tabebuias.
Origin & Distribution
Handroanthus is a genus that belongs to the Bignoniaceae family and consist of 30 species of trees native that stretch from central America to South America. They grow in the northern part of Argentina, Paraguay and Chile. But are also pretty popular in Colombia and Venezuela. For example, what we know as Tabebuia chrysantha, is known as Araguaney in Venezuela (All trees bloom simultaneously), Guayacán in Colombia and Ecuador, as Tajibo in Bolivia, and as ipê-amarelo in Brazil. You can basically say it spreads wide throughout South America.
Being widely popular in all of South and Central America it is natural that they are a perfect fit for south Florida; as these vividly- color trees in bloom in nature stand out in striking contrast to the almost monochromatic green. They are evergreen or seasonally deciduous. In the latter case dropping their leaves for a short time in the cooler season of the year; at which time the flowers are borne. This habit makes flowering more attractive because the blooms are so visible, and the tree has no competing leaves.
Tabebuias are mostly of moderate size and tend to reach approximately 20 to 30 feet once they’ve matured. The tree can grow from seed or cuttings. In cultivation, they prefer well-drained soils, regular watering and fertilizer which improves growth. Also, Tabebuias can be somewhat drought-tolerant once they establish, although they do best with a regular irrigation allowing time between waterings for the soil to dry out a bit. Also, they are moderately cold tolerant, reason why they do grow best in zone 10 and warmer areas of zone 9B.
Besides, they have no serious pest or disease problems and is not an invasive tree. Making it is an ideal specimen tree, on the patio or lawn, along streets in medians or in large planters. Also great near a deck or patio creating a warm and welcoming summertime shade for these outdoor areas.
But when you are choosing which tabebuia suits better your property? Remember there is a wide range, and each one has its own special qualities. As they may differ in growth rate, bark, leaf, and most important color. At TreeWorld we have 8 varieties for you to choose from: Tabebuia Bahamensis (white tabebuia), Tabebuia Caraiba (Yellow Trumpet), Tabebuia Chysotricha (Golden Trumpet), Tabebuia donnell-smithii (Primavera tree), Tabebuia Guayacan, Tabebuia Heterophylla (Pink Trumpet) Tabebuia Impetiginosa (Purple Trumpet) and Tabebuia Roseoalba (White Ipe)
If you are not sure which one to choose or need help with any of the specifications, you can visit or contact us @ 305.245.6886! And don’t forget to review or top 5 flowering choices for South Florida this spring.