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The Rainbow Tabebuia
Posted by Richard TX on 3/3/2018, 11:33 pm
A couple of years ago I picked up a grafted tabebuia tree in South Florida which was supposed to be a cross of the pink and yellow varieties (probably heptaphylla x chrysotricha). I had had a similar hybrid years ago from Rockledge Gardens and was slightly disappointed in it, it had a kind of pale apricot color in bloom which was nice but nothing truly spectacular. It was also a seedling and didn't appear to do very well in our soil so I pulled it.
But this year the grafted tabebuia from South Florida has bloomed for the first time and boy is it a looker. Instead of being a color in between pink and yellow the flowers go through both a pink and yellow phase, which then finally fade out to the lighter apricot color you associate with these hybrid tabebuias. The rootstock is supposed to be pink tabebuia which is easier to grow here but I still can't use well water on it for too long or the leaves will get tip burn. Hopefully the plant will get picked up into the wider nursery trade, it should make a beautiful flowering tree for zones 9b and warmer.