SelecTree: Tree Detail
Photo Locations: Hawaiian Islands
A spectacular flowering tree that thrives on the leeward sides of the Hawaiian Islands. This species, from Mexico and Central America, was introduced into Hawai’i in the late 1800s and has since become a widely grown landscape tree. It can be recognized by its flaky, light brown bark and long (>8”), papery leaflets. Some trees bloom sporadically throughout the year, but are most brilliant in the spring when leafless and covered with a profusion of bright yellow, trumpet-shaped flowers. In Mexico, the wood is used for furniture and exported under the name white mahogany. Tabebuia donnell-smithii has a HPWRA (Hawai'i Pacific Weed Risk Assessment) score of -4 (Low Risk).
Native to Mexico to northern South America.
Additional Common Names
PRIMAVERA, GOLD TREE, GOLDEN TREE, GOLDEN TRUMPET TREE
Erect with a High Canopy.
Has Partly Deciduous foliage.
Height: 75 - 100 feet.
Width: 30 - 50 feet.
Growth Rate: 24 Inches per Year.
Leaves Palmately Compound with Ovate Leaflets, Light Green, No Change, Partly Deciduous.
Flowers Showy. Yellow. Flowers in Spring or Winter. Has perfect flowers (male and female parts in each flower).
Light Brown Capsule, Very Large (Over 3.00 inches), fruiting in Summer or Fall.
Bark Light Gray to Light Brown-Red, Exfoliating or Smooth.
Shading Capacity Rated as Moderately Dense in Leaf.
Shading Capacity Rated as Low out of Leaf.
Litter Issue is Flowers, Dry Fruit and Leaves.
Tree Site Conditions & Constraints
Sunset Zones 15, 16, 20 - 24; H1, H2.
USDA Hardiness Zones 10 - 11.
Exposure Full Sun.
Loam or Sand Texture.
Health, Safety & Environmental Concerns
Branch Strength Rated as Weak.
Special Uses & Values
Street Tree, Specimen, Landscape Ornamental.
Cite this tree:
SelecTree. "Tabebuia donnell-smithii Tree Record." 1995-2020. Aug 14, 2020.
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