Plants of the UNF Campus

Tabebuia umbellata - Yellow trumpet tree
Family Bignoniaceae


About one hundred species of Tabebuia are native to warm climates of North and South America. These are woody shrubs and trees, many with attractive flowers. Several species are important timber trees, including some of the most durable timbers of western hemisphere trees.


The yellow trumpet tree is a small tree. Its leaves are reminescent of the native red buckeye, with five palmately divided leafltets. It is deciduous for a short time in late winter. When its leaves drop, the tree is covered in bright yellow, trumpet-shaped flowers. Shortly after flowering, it produces a new crop of leaves. Yellow trumpet tree is native to the southern cone of South America. It has been grown in central Florida for many years. In north Florida, it seems to grow best with a little cold protection in winter.


See this plant in the OutTakes Plaza.


Small tree about twelve to fifteen feet tall.

Care Instructions:

Light: full sun

Water: very drought tolerant once established

Soil: well-drained soil, no other special requirements