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  Tabebuia impetiginosa
 
Tabebuia impetiginosa
Tabebuia impetiginosa in a Alice Keck Park Memorial garden in Santa Barbara
 
A very beautiful deciduous tree to 25 feet tall with smooth dark green palmately compund leaves and furrowed light gray bark. The 2-3 inch long lavender-pink flowers with yellow centers appear in clusters in early spring, covering the bare branches. Unlike its yellow relative, Tabebuia chrysotricha this tree takes several years to flower, but its worth the wait! Tabebuia species are generally known for their tolerance to coastal conditions but this plant prefers a warm sunny site away from the beach. Plant in a warm spot for best floral display. Listed as hardy to 24° but survived 18° without damage in the freeze of December 1990 in the nursery garden. Tabebuia impetiginosa was introduced into cultivation in Southern California in 1964 by the Los Angeles State and County Arboretum in Arcadia where the largest specimen in California puts on its floral display annually.

There is some confussion regarding this species as it was previously known as Tabebuia ipe and there has long been thought to be a simillar species called Tabebuia avellanedae that was reportedly a much larger tree. Although many still argue the existance of Tabebuia avellanedae, it is now considered to be synonomous with Tabebuia impetiginosa.