On Mar 10, 2004, Pameladragon from Appomattox, VA wrote:
I purchased this plant from a grower in Naples, Florida. He steered me to it and away from the more common Tabby that is planted everywhere as a street tree down there because I planned to grow it in Virginia.
This is a very fast grower and precocious bloomer. I carried home a seedling in a quart container and it bloomed the following spring.
The tree lives in our garden room all winter and spends the spring, summer and fall on the patio with the citrus. One year a friend forgot to take it inside for me when we were traveling and it was hit by a hard freeze. Thinking it dead, I left it outside all winter and was surprised to see it regrow from the roots that spring.
It is now in a 5 gallon tub and is 6' tall. When in bloom it is spectacular but is also an attractive foliage plant. The leaves are very ornamental with their brown fuzzy bottoms and are tough.
This species is not as common as the gray leaved street tree but is worth seeking out for indoor cultivation in northern areas for those with room for large specimens.
Propagated by seed and possibly cuttings but I have not tried it.
On Aug 22, 2003, Monocromatico from Rio de Janeiro Brazil (Zone 11) wrote:
Tabebuia chrysotricha is the official flower of Brazil. It looks like several other species of yellow trumpet trees, but culturally and biogeographically, this one represents better the country´s flora.
It´s a desciduous tree, with velvet palmate leaves that fall when it´s starting to bloom. The flowers come in short and dense inflorescences on the end of each branch in early/mid spring, after 3 months of a rather dry winter. It looks spetacular, all covered with yellow! After the last flowers fall, the leaves start to grow again.
It likes heat (tropical climates are the best, but it might tolerate the subtropical southeastern USA), consistently moist organic soil. Don´t be afraid of watering it too much, but when the winter comes, you´d better hold it for longer periods. When the fruits get brown, collect them and let them dry, then break open and collect the seeds. They need to be planted within 7 days, otherwise they won´t germinate (you may often see these flying seeds everywhere when the fruits open, but it´s not easy for them to germinate without some help).
The only complain about this tree is the tiny hairs on the seed pods. They get stuck on your skin, and if you are sensible they could cause allergy.
This plant has been said to grow in the following regions:
La Presa, California San Marino, California Auburndale, Florida Campbell, Florida Longwood, Florida New Port Richey, Florida Palm Aire, Florida Pembroke Pines, Florida Samoset, Florida Sebring, Florida Wauchula, Florida Appomattox, Virginia