Caribbean trumpet-tree Bignoniaceae Tabebuia aurea (Manso) Benth. & Hook. f. ex S. Moore Listen to the Latin symbol: TAAU2 Other Fact Sheets
Leaf: Opposite or subopposite, palmately compound with 5 or 7 leaflets; each leaflet 4 to 7 inches long, narrowly elliptical, borne on long petiolules, yellow-green to blue-green and covered with silvery-shiny scales.
Flower: Species is monoecious; very showy, bright yellow, bell-shaped, 3 inches long; appear in very showy pom-pom like terminal clusters to 8 inches long; flowering starts with leaf fall in the dry season.
Fruit: Flattened bean-like hanging capsules to 6 inches long, very stiff; each capsule contains numerous flattened seeds with 2-papery wings.
Twig: Stout, gray-brown with brown buds.
Bark: Gray-brown, irregularly ridged and becoming corky.
Form: A small tree with an irregular crown to 30 feet tall.
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Additional Range Information:
Tabebuia aurea is planted in the USDA hardiness zones shown above and is not known to widely escape cultivaton.
External Links:
USDA Plants Database
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