Springtime in South Florida means the bloom of those little yellow flowers on trees across the region. Those are tabebuia trees (pronounced tah-beh-BOO-ya). We spoke with Lee County Horticulture Agent Stephen H. Brown about the tabebuia tree and how long we can expect its colorful flowers.
The most popular one is commonly called the yellow tabebuia. That’s the one probably everyone in South Florida is seeing almost simultaneously at this time of the year. So we’re looking at late March, early April, when this tree has its maximum display. And it only does this once a year. The tree itself might actually bloom for a month, but within that time there are 16, what I call, intense blooming days. So you have a couple of weeks for it to be at its best. And the tree’s originally from the Caribbean and Central America, but in Florida it’s really done well.