Tropicals forum: Pink Tabebuia - the streets are covered in pink petals

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Name: Jonna
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extranjera
Jan 27, 2013 9:18 PM CST
I love the flowering street trees here, it is the beginning of the season for them. The first to bloom are the pink Tabebuia and the orange and red African tulip trees.

Here's a pic of one of the pink Tabebuia on a nearby street corner.


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Name: Hetty
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Dutchlady1
Jan 28, 2013 4:25 AM CST
Flowering trees are my absolute favorite and I also do love the Pink Tabebuias. Due to our unseasonably warm winter thus far they are out of sync though and many have already bloomed. However the Tulip trees are staying to their normal schedule!
What do they call the Tabeuias there, Jonna?
Name: Sandi
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Bubbles
Jan 28, 2013 8:31 AM CST

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I had to look this tree up. Never saw one before. Beautiful!
Name: Cheryl
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ShadyGreenThumb
Jan 28, 2013 12:48 PM CST
Awesome! It must be gorgeous in person! Enjoy!
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Name: Jonna
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extranjera
Jan 28, 2013 1:02 PM CST
You know Hetty, I don't know what they are called here, I will ask. We had a cold front come through with rain last week and it blew some of the flowers down a bit early, also making them into wet mulch instead of carpets of pink. Basically, it seems to have shortened the season for them. I'm sure the guys who clean the streets aren't fans but I love the few weeks when the sidewalks are covered in pink.
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Name: Cheryl
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ShadyGreenThumb
Jan 28, 2013 2:26 PM CST
I showed DH the picture. He thought they were beautiful and he said, "Let's move to Merida!" Smiling
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Name: Lin
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plantladylin
Jan 29, 2013 8:42 AM CST
Jonna: That is a gorgeous photo! I like the yellow variety of Tabebuia but the pink is my favorite! Scroll down this page to Pink Tabebuias (Tabebuia rosea) and it gives a few different common names for the tree.

http://www.yucatanliving.com/yucatan-survivor/top-ten-trees-...

If this is the tree in your neighborhood, I hope you will consider adding some photo's to the database: Apamate (Tabebuia rosea)
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Name: Jonna
Mérida, Yucatán, México (Zone 13a)
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extranjera
Jan 29, 2013 10:14 AM CST
Thanks Lin, I should have remembered to look on Yucatan Living. I believe it is called Palo Rosa or Palo de Rosa, that's the one that sounds familiar. Interesting that it is native to Mexico and this area. While asking around for the name yesterday, someone told me that the city is starting a project to plant a lot more of them along new streets or streets that have lost their trees. Some of the newer neighborhoods around the city really need some street trees and apparently they are doing it. In the older parts of the city many of the street trees are flamboyán (royal poinciana) and lluvia de oro (golden shower tree). Apparently they can cause problems with their roots so they are not going to plant any more. Who knows, that could change with the next administration.

I have a couple pics of the Tabebuia that I will upload and I will add the spanish name. I'm pretty sure that Hok' ab is the name of the tree in Maya but I will check before I add it. One of the people I asked yesterday didn't know the name in spanish but said something like that in Maya as the local name. I really need to take some classes in Maya, I think it will at least make it easier for me to 'hear' words in that language.

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Name: Elaine
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dyzzypyxxy
Jan 29, 2013 11:00 AM CST
Cheryl, you don't have to move all the way to Merida to have pink Tabebuia trees. (although Merida is a wonderful city) There are lots of them here in Florida, too.

I had a beauty in the front yard of the house we lived in 5 years ago. Wish I had taken more pictures of it, but next time I drive up that way I'll take one. As Hetty says, they are blooming a month early here because of the very warm weather we've had in January.

Up close, the flowers look like azaleas, with pretty markings in the throats.
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Name: Lin
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plantladylin
Jan 29, 2013 3:47 PM CST
I've never seen one of those beauties in my area of Florida ... probably gets too cold here in the winter.
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Name: Hetty
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Dutchlady1
Jan 29, 2013 4:43 PM CST
They are a zone 10 tree, no frost...

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