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Tabebuia rosea (Bertol.) DC.

Family Name: Bignoniaceae
Synonyms: Tabebuia pentaphylla
Common Name: Trumpet Tree, Pink Poui, New World Trumpet, Rosy Trumpet Tree, Pink Tecoma, 紫绣球, 粉花风铃木
Full Sun: 6-8h Moderate Water Roadside Tree / Palm Ornamental Flowers Tree


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Classifications and Characteristics

Plant Division Angiosperms (Flowering Seed Plants) (Dicotyledon)
Plant Growth Form Tree (Big (>30m), Medium (16m-30m))
Lifespan (in Singapore) Perennial
Mode of Nutrition Autotrophic
Plant Shape Conical
Maximum Height 18 m to 35 m
Tree or Palm – Trunk Diameter 1 m


Native Distribution Mexico to Venezuela and Ecuador
Native Habitat Terrestrial (Primary Rainforest, Secondary Rainforest)
Preferred Climate Zone Tropical

Description and Ethnobotany

Others - Plant Morphology Deciduous tree, medium to big. Leaves oppositely arranged, palmately compound with 5 leaflets on each stalk. Leaflets 5 - 22 cm by 2 - 11 cm, oblong to elliptic in shape, ends pointed. Flowers are trumpet - shaped, 5 - 8 cm long, large and showy, 5 - petaled. Flowering induced by dry spell, in April and August in Singapore. Blooms last several days then wilt. Fruits split when matured, halves fall away and seeds attached to central wall. Seeds have winged features, dispersed by wind.Planted along road sides or in parks. Provide shade. Flowers are spectacular, form a pink carpet on the ground around the tree when it falls. Propagated by seeds or cuttings. Genus name derived from native Brazilian name 'tabebuia' or 'taiaveruia' whicle species epithet 'rosea' means rose coloured.
Ethnobotanical Uses [Others]: Bark found to be anti-cancer. Timber used for construction and furniture.

Landscaping Features

Desirable Plant Features Ornamental Flowers
Plant & Rootzone Preference - Tolerance Saline Soils / Salt Spray
Landscape Uses Roadside Tree / Palm, Shade Providing Tree / Palm
Thematic Landscaping Economic Garden
SGMP Treatment

Fauna, Pollination and Dispersal

Seed or Spore Dispersal Abiotic

Plant Care and Propagation

Light Preference Full Sun
Water Preference Moderate Water
Planting Distance From 18
Propagation Method Seed, Stem Cutting


Foliage Retention Deciduous
Mature Foliage Colour(s) Green
Foliar Type Compound (Palmate)
Foliar Arrangement Along Stem Opposite
Foliar Shape(s) Non-Palm Foliage (Elliptical)
Foliar Venation Pinnate / Net
Foliar Margin Entire - Wavy / Undulate
Foliar Apex - Tip Acute
Typical Foliar Area Macrophyll ( 182.25cm2 - 1640.25 cm2 )
Leaf Area Index (LAI) for Green Plot Ratio 3.0 (Tree - Intermediate Canopy)

Non - Foliar and Storage

Trunk Type (Non Palm) Woody
Mature Bark Texture Fissured
Mature Bark Texture Remarks Dark grey and very thick.

Floral (Angiosperm)

Flower & Plant Sexuality 1 Bisexual Flowers
Flower Colour(s) Pink, White
Individual Flower Shape Trumpet-shaped
Flowering Habit Polycarpic

Fruit, Seed and Spore

Mature Fruit Colour(s) - Angiosperms and Gymnosperms Yellow / Golden
Fruit Type 1 Dehiscent Dry Fruit
Fruit Type 2 Silique

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Master ID 1878
Species ID 3171
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Species record last updated on: 20 April 2020.