Tabebuia rosea (Bertol.) DC.
|Trumpet Tree, Pink Poui, New World Trumpet, Rosy Trumpet Tree, Pink Tecoma, 紫绣球， 粉花风铃木
You may have seen the Tabebuia rosea tree with a crown full of pink or white flowers, growing along the streets or in parks. Flowering is typically triggered by heavy rains after a long hot and dry spell, usually between March and April and again between August and September. The species is also known among locals as Singapore’s version of the Sakura, due its seasonal flowering characteristic and soft hued flower colours.
Classifications and Characteristics
|Angiosperms (Flowering Seed Plants) (Dicotyledon)
|Plant Growth Form
|Tree (Big (>30m), Medium (16m-30m))
|Lifespan (in Singapore)
|Mode of Nutrition
|Mexico to Venezuela and Ecuador
|Terrestrial (Primary Rainforest, Secondary Rainforest)
|Preferred Climate Zone
Description and Ethnobotany
|It is a medium to big deciduous tree.
|Leaves are oppositely arranged, palmately compound with 5 leaflets on each stalk. Leaflets are 5 - 22 cm by 2 - 11 cm, oblong to elliptic in shape, with pointed ends.
|Flower is trumpet - shaped with 5 petals, 5 - 8 cm long, large and showy.
|Fruits split open when matured, and the seeds are attached to the central wall. Seeds have winged features, which are dispersed by wind.
|Propagated by seeds.
|Genus name derived from native Brazilian name 'tabebuia' or 'taiaveruia' . The species epithet 'rosea' means rose coloured.
|Others: The bark is reported to have anti-oxidant properties. The timber is used for construction and furniture.
|Flowering is typically triggered by heavy rains after a long hot and dry spell, usually between March and April and again between August and September in Singapore. Blooms last for several days before wilting. Planted along road sides or in parks, the tree provides shade. Flowers are spectacular, and form a pink carpet on the ground around the tree when they falls.
|Desirable Plant Features
|Roadside Tree / Palm, Shade Providing Tree / Palm
Fauna, Pollination and Dispersal
|Seed or Spore Dispersal
Plant Care and Propagation
|Plant Growth Rate
|Saline Soils / Salt Spray
|Seed, Stem Cutting
|Mature Foliage Colour(s)
|Foliar Arrangement Along Stem
|Non-Palm Foliage (Elliptical)
|Pinnate / Net
|Entire - Wavy / Undulate
|Foliar Apex - Tip
|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)
|Mature Bark Texture
|Mature Bark Texture Remarks
|Dark grey and very thick.
|Flower & Plant Sexuality
|Individual Flower Shape
|Hot & Dry Period, After Rain, A Few Times Yearly
|Flowering Opening Time
|Mar, Apr, Aug, Sep
Fruit, Seed and Spore
|Mature Fruit Colour(s)
|Yellow / Golden
|Dehiscent Dry Fruit , Silique
|The information in this website has been compiled from reliable sources, such as reference works on medicinal plants. It is not a substitute for medical advice or treatment and NParks does not purport to provide any medical advice. Readers should always consult his/her physician before using or consuming a plant for medicinal purposes.