Tabebuia Argentea Plant
Tabebuia Argentea ( Tree of Gold ) is one of the best tropical yellow flowering trees.in addition to its silvery foliage, the Caribbean trumpet tree has attractive silvery, corky bark. It grows from 30 to 40 feet tall and often leans. Its branches and trunk are typically contorted with two or three major trunks or branches dominating an asymmetrical crown. From five to seven oblong silvery-gray, oblong leaflets, roughly 4 inches wide and 11 inches long, fan outward like the extended fingers of a hand, a form botanists call palmate. The tree’s bright yellow, funnel-shaped flowers are about 1 inch wide and 3 1/2 inches long.
Caribbean trumpet tree typically blooms in late winter or early spring, depending on the local climate. It begins blooming when the leaves start to drop. The most spectacular blooming occurs after a tree has lost all its leaves and its branches are bare. It usually blooms for around 16 days. Some trees have an additional, shorter period of flowering in summer, but they do not lose their leaves.
Caribbean trumpet tree is generally easy to grow. It likes full sun and will tolerate salt and drought. If you plant more than one tree, space them 12 to 15 feet apart. You can encourage blooming by cutting off water for six to eight weeks to encourage leaf drop in late winter or early spring. Water it freely during the growing period. It works well near a deck or patio or as a lawn tree. You can grow a Caribbean trumpet tree in containers and also train it as bonsai.
Planting & Care
- Some support and training are required when the plants are small.
- Regular irrigation in the dry period in the first two years will help the tree establish itself.
- Allow soil to dry several inches deep before irrigating.
- Prune trees to remove wayward, broken, dead, or diseased branches.
- Apply the fertilizer in the spring before the onset of new growth. Do not fertilize your Tabebuia tree after the first three years of growth.
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