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Tabebuia aurea

Family: Bignoniaceae (big-no-nih-AY-see-ee) (Info)
Genus: Tabebuia (ta-bee-BEW-ee-uh) (Info)
Species: aurea (AW-re-uh) (Info)

Synonym:Tabebuia argentea
Synonym:Tabebuia caraiba
Synonym:Tecoma caraiba
Synonym:Tecoma argentea

14 members have or want this plant for trade.


30-40 ft. (9-12 m)

12-15 ft. (3.6-4.7 m)

USDA Zone 10a: to -1.1 C (30 F)
USDA Zone 10b: to 1.7 C (35 F)
USDA Zone 11: above 4.5 C (40 F)

Sun Exposure:
Full Sun


Bloom Color:
Bright Yellow

Bloom Time:
Late Winter/Early Spring


Other details:
Average Water Needs; Water regularly; do not overwater

Soil pH requirements:
6.6 to 7.5 (neutral)
7.6 to 7.8 (mildly alkaline)

Patent Information:

Propagation Methods:
From seed; direct sow after last frost
By air layering

Seed Collecting:
Allow seedheads to dry on plants; remove and collect seeds
Seed does not store well; sow as soon as possible

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3 positives
7 neutrals
1 negative

Gardeners' Notes:

Negative Diro On Jan 17, 2015, Diro wrote:

From the Gold Coast, Queensland, Australia.
While the tree in flower is absolutely beautiful, the seeds are a menace. We left on holidays for a few weeks and returned to a sea of tiny trees all over the lawn, after heavy rain in our absence. The seeds look like snowflakes but needing raking immediately to prevent unwanted plants. Beautiful for parks and streets but a menace in a small garden.

Neutral Hammondbuz On Apr 4, 2013, Hammondbuz from Riyadh
Saudi Arabia wrote:

In response to Rizard, I would like to note that we have just planted 21 large Tabebuia trees in Riyadh, Saudi Arabia. I am really looking forward for their bloom next season.

Neutral rizard On Mar 19, 2013, rizard from guadalajara
Mexico wrote:

i live in west central Mexico and yellow tabebuias (Tabebuia donnelsmithii rose) are very common (the surname rose is confusing because the flower is yellow and there is another tabebuia with rose flowers!!). Anyway, in Mexico this tree is commonly known as Primavera (spanish for spring). I have been suggesting that somebody somewhere in the world plant about a hundred Tabebuias in each side of a big avenue, road,hill, shore,etc., so that when they bloom, you can see an overwhelming yellow explosion, something close to the cherry blossoms in Washington, DC. Is anybody out there volunteering before our planet collapses? some goverment, some business, some entrepeneur???it would be another world wonder!! Oh btw, does anybody know if you can grow them by cuttings? i tried with seed but to no avail.

Positive Mihirc On Jun 25, 2012, Mihirc from Mumbai
India wrote:

I saw this tree planted along the highways and was impressed by the form of the tree, its leaves and inflorescence.
But I developed reservations since I learnt it is a deciduous tree since I wanted a flowering evergreen shade tree best suited
for our tropics. Last week, I bought 1 to try it out. It is about 3 ft in height, good healthy condition. I have
Planted it on a prominent spot in my farm. Hope it gives me good results.

Neutral sebring6 On Dec 13, 2010, sebring6 from Sebring, FL wrote:

i am worried about my tree due to our freezing is not yet a year old as far as being planted . it was in a 35 gallon container when put in last april. will it survive these temps in sebring florida. it is going to be 29 tonight.

Positive borkz On Apr 13, 2009, borkz from Orlando, FL wrote:

I concur with dirtyshovel. This winter of 2009 almost killed my tree. Fortunately it is starting to come back, but I thought it was frozen too. I'll rate a positive because I like the tree, and it is suitable for my small front yard, but although it's sold here in the Orlando area- I bought mine at Lowe's, it's really not in the right zone. I saw lots of them in Fort Lauderdale where apparently the temperatures are better for it.

Neutral dirtyshovel On Feb 24, 2009, dirtyshovel from Lake Mary, FL (Zone 9b) wrote:

Grew my 10ft tree from a seed handed out at a garden show a few years ago. Nothing in my yard has been 'show-ier' than this yellow wonder until this winter/2009 when it completely froze. Thankfully the older Tabebuias in our Central Florida area survived and are blooming in all their glory. I would have selected Positive but for its premature death.

Positive tropicaldude On Jul 23, 2007, tropicaldude from Orlando, FL wrote:

The very common Tabebuia seen in South Florida especially around Miami where it's one of the most common trees on city streets. The advantages of aurea over the other two common yellow species (which are more cold hardy) is sometimes having some scattered flowers during the summer. Its leafless period is also shorter. It could actually keep some leaves in warmer areas.

This Tabebuia can attain some 30' (10m) and often tends to have an asymmetrical form. Recently the University of Central Florida has planted a few adult specimens and If warm winters continue it should become a common sight around Orlando as well..As it grows the bark turns from pale to dark and develops a rough appearance. The naming of this species is often confusing, as T. Argentea and T. Caraiba is common although T. Aurea might be the standard now. Why so many synonyms is beyond me.

UPDATE: The unusually long 2010 freeze burned all the leaves off the UCF specimens. They had taken the shorter 2009 freeze just fine. Second update: As of Summer 2010 trees had recovered. However, these trees were already large (hardier) when planted

For those of you in Central Florida, I'd plant this one on the south side of the house or grow them in pots until relatively large, then put them on the ground. They do fine without much watering but water and fertilizer will speed up the growth considerably. They can get through freezes if large enough.

Neutral desertboot On Apr 28, 2004, desertboot from Bangalore
India (Zone 10a) wrote:

Tabebuia caraiba, a.k.a T.argentea; from "argentum": gold.
Seeds: held in the centre of a pair of papery-white "wings", dispersed by wind. Said to be easy to propagate from seed, but I've had no far. Nursery-raised saplings begin with trunks all twisted up which start to straighten out only after the first year or more. A frustratingly slow grower! The yellow inflorescence, i must confess, can be a bit sharp on the eye, especially when viewed against bluest of blue skies!

Neutral bleu On Aug 4, 2002, bleu wrote:

The foliage is mostly deciduous. Some trees lose 100% of their leaves prior to blooming (best) while others can hold some of their old leaves while in flower. The tree in this photo never gets more than rainwater.

Neutral Floridian On Feb 10, 2002, Floridian from Lutz, FL (Zone 9b) wrote:

Tabebuia caraiba, Yellow Tabebuia, is a small tree from Brazil and is related to the flame vine and the jacaranda tree.
This tree blooms early in the spring in South Florida. The foliage is mostly deciduous, they hold their leaves all winter then drop them just before blooming masses of yellow trumpet shaped flowers. Cutting off all added water 6-8 weeks before spring will encourage leaf drop and produce a much heavier show of flowers. The blooms last about a month. Spent blooms fall to the ground creating a colorful carpet beneath the tree.
After being established the tree is drought tolerant and does not require special feedings.
Prefers full sun and well drained soil.


This plant has been said to grow in the following regions:

Pasadena, California
Bartow, Florida
Big Pine Key, Florida
Casselberry, Florida
Clermont, Florida
Eustis, Florida
Fort Pierce, Florida
Hollywood, Florida
Indialantic, Florida
Kissimmee, Florida
Lake Mary, Florida
Lakeland, Florida
Longwood, Florida
Melbourne Beach, Florida
Miami, Florida
Naples, Florida
New Port Richey, Florida
Okeechobee, Florida
Orlando, Florida (3 reports)
Port Saint Lucie, Florida
Saint Cloud, Florida
Saint Petersburg, Florida
Sarasota, Florida
Sebring, Florida
Summerland Key, Florida
Tampa, Florida
West Palm Beach, Florida (2 reports)
Kihei, Hawaii

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