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Photo Credit: Forest & Kim Starr

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Photo Credit: Forest & Kim Starr

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QUICK FACTS

  • HPRWA SCORE -4
  • SYNONYMS Cybistax donnell-smithii, Roseodendron donnell-smithii
  • ELEVATION RANGE
  • FAMILY Bignoniaceae
  • PLANT TYPE Large tree
  • WATER REQUIRMENTS Drought tolerant
  • SOIL REQUIRMENTS Tolerates many soil types
  • SUN EXPOSURE Full sun to Partial sun
  • SALT TOLERANCE None
  • DRAINAGE REQUIRED Requires good drainage
  • PROPAGATION METHODS Seeds

Tabebuia donnell-smithii
(primavera, gold tree)

This is stunning when it goes into flower, typically in the summer, because the bright yellow blooms tend to open all at once. This tree is very similar to the more common Tabebuia chrysantha (also referred to as the gold tree), but T. donnell smithii is taller, more upright and less bushy. The donnell smithii can reach upwards of 75', with a spread of approximately 30'. It has a moderate growth rate and thrives in hot, dry areas with good drainage. The wood is light colored, lightweight and strong, with a straight to wavy grain; it is occasionally referred to as "white mahogany." It is deciduous, typically loosing its leaves in spring, but afterwards the branches are quickly filled with bright blooms. This tree is a very showy ornamental species that attracts a lot of attention when in flower!

Plant Uses

  • Specimen
  • Shade
  • Ornamental
  • Woodworking

Dangers

None