ipÍ, Pau d'arco, Pink Trumpet Tree
Scientific Name: Tabebuia impetiginosa (Mart. ex DC.) Standl.
Synonym: Tecoma impetiginosa, Tecoma adenophylla, Tabebuia altissima, Tabebuia avellanedae, Gelseminum avellanedae, Handroanthus avellanedae, Tecoma avellanedae, Tecoma eximia, Tecoma integra, Tecoma ipe, Tabebuia ipe, Tabebuia nicaraguensis, Tabebuia palmeri, Tabebuia schunkeuigoi, Tabebuia serratifolia
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Tabebuia impetiginosa, photo USDA-BARC
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Sun Exposure: Full sun to part shade
Origin: Tropical Americas
Growth Habits: Small to medium tree, evergreen, or briefly deciduous in the spring, 15 to 25 feet tall and wide (4.5-7.5 m) or much more in the wild (100 feet - 30 m); broadly rounded shape ; dark green to olive green palmately compound leaves, 5 leaflets with serrate margin, 2 to 4 inches long (5-10 cm), 1 to 2 inches wide (2.5-5 cm)
Watering Needs: Regular water in summer, sparingly if at all in winter, doesn't like coastal areas, tolerates reflected heat
Propagation: Fresh seeds (germinate in 2 to 3 weeks), cuttings or layering
Bright pink, trumpet-shaped flowers (occasionally white), with yellow orange throat, 2 to 3 inches long (7.5-10 cm), up to 1.4 inches wide (3.5 cm), in dense terminal clusters, containing up to 75 flowers, mostly in the spring, but often also in the fall.
The brown, hairy, 6 to 12 inches long (15-30 cm) seed pods persist on the tree through the winter. They contain winged seeds.