Characteristics of Yellow Tabebuia Tree (Handroanthus chrysanthus) in the Wild

Tabebuia chrysantha
Tabebuia is commonly known by the people of Indonesia as the Golden Trumpet Tree originating from Brazil. This is a semi-evergreen tree that sheds its leaves in a short period in late spring.

Tabebuia trees that grow in Indonesia (Handroanthus chrysotrichus, formerly called Tabebuia chrysantha) are very similar and often confused with Brazilian tabebuia trees (Tabebuia ochracea). In Portuguese, Tabebuia ochracea is called ipĂȘ amarelo and is considered a national tree of Brazil.

Tabebuia grows with a height of 5-8 meters, sometimes up to 15 meters, with a width of 7-10 meters. Tabebuia has golden yellow flowers that are very striking in spring. It is rich in nectar and hence the tree is loved by many people to make it a popular ornamental plant.

Tabebuia trees are often planted outside Brazil as shrubs on the side of roads and parks. The USDA for tabebuia trees is in zones 9b to 11 and is tolerant of drought, which means this tree can also flourish in tropical climate countries such as Indonesia, which has a USDA 11 zone.

Unfortunately, the tabebuia tree has been considered a weed in Australia.

Tabebuia has different colored flowers. There are yellow and trumpet-shaped, some are pink, purple, and even dark red. There are many variants of tabebuia from various countries in the genus Handroanthus and Tabebuia with a variety of flower colors, but variants that are often found in Indonesia are yellow flowers with a length of 3-11 cm, clustered, and trumpet-shaped.

Well, what are the characteristics of yellow tabebuia trees in the wild? Here are the characteristics:


Characteristics of Yellow Tabebuia Leaf

Tabebuia chrysantha Leaf
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The leaves are a composite of 5 leaves, elliptical with a length of 5-10 cm and a width of 2.5-5 cm, and dark green.


Characteristics of Yellow Tabebuia Flower

Tabebuia chrysantha Flower
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Each tabebuia tree species has a different color, currently, the most well-known colors are white, pink, yellow, orange-yellow, magenta, plum, and red. There is a purple stripe motif in the flower.

Tabebuia flowers in the flowering season can produce very large amounts of flowers and do not stop flowering since the beginning of the dry season until the rainy season. Even now this tabebuia flowering season can be arranged by manipulating fertilization patterns.


Tabebuia chrysantha Fruit
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Characteristics of Yellow Tabebuia Tree in the Wild

Tabebuia chrysantha Tree
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Often a tabebuia tree that is in full bloom is thought to be a Sakura tree by most people, because indeed when they are both flowering it looks very similar.

This tree is a popular ornamental tree that can grow in various types of soil in subtropical and tropical regions. In addition, there are rarely pests or plant diseases that interfere with tabebuia.

There are two types of tabebuia trees that are popular as ornamental trees, namely yellow Tabebuia which has the scientific name Handroanthus chrysotrichus and pink Tabebuia with the scientific name Handroanthus impetiginous or Handroanthus heptaphyllus.


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