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Swartzia arborescens is an evergreen tree with a flat or open crown.
This Tabebuia is one over 100 species with blooms starting near the first day of spring in South Florida. Its masses of yellow trumpet flowers catch everyones eye in season. The foliage is mostly deciduous. Some trees lose leaves prior to blooming while others can hold some of their old leaves while in flower. One good trick is to cut off all added water 6-8 weeks before spring. This will encourage leaf drop and produce a much heavier show of flowers. All Tabebuias in irrigated landscapes are poorer bloomers due to this excess water. The trunk and wood of this Tabebuia is also very interesting. This variety has brittle wood that breaks in strong winds, but the tree always comes back. Newly planted large field grown trees take several years to stabilize root strength, so strong storms can easily topple large, newly planted trees. Stand them up immediately. Use this tree for small spaces, in full sun, on well drained soil. The tree has no pests.
Tabebuia is a genus containing around 100 species, many of which are widely used in hot-weather gardens worldwide. Trumpet Tree is a native to South America and the Caribbean, with some species extending east to Florida and certain areas of the West Indies. It is a deciduous, small tree that can grow from 10-20 feet tall in home gardens and many times taller in the wild.
Trumpet Tree loves full sun and moderately fertile soil. It is hardy down to USDA Hardiness Zones 9-11 and is able to survive harsh conditions. During spring, the tree blooms with trumpet-like flowers which can range in color from pink, white, off-white, yellow, orange, and a striking salmon red, drawing hummingbirds and butterflies alike. Trumpet Trees are low-maintenance and cold-tolerant and can even be grown as house plants, although it's important to note that temperatures should never drop below 15°F. For pot culture, plenty of sunlight and regular watering is recommended, with a balanced fertilizer for added nutrition.
No matter where you live, Tabebuia sp. is a perfect choice for adding charm and beauty to your garden. This species is a stunning and low maintenance addition to your collection.