Golden trumpet tree


Golden trumpet tree is native to Argentina and Brazil. It reaches a height of 35 feet, with a trunk 6 or more inches in diameter. It is widely planted due to its moderate size and its yellow flowers which can cover the whole tree during spring. The leaves have five leaflets up to 4 inches long, rough and covered with small golden hairs. Flowers are up to 4 inches long and appear in terminal inflorescences of up to 30 flowers each. Fruits are up to 1 foot long, are covered with golden hairs, and open length-wise to release many winged seeds. It generally sheds all its leaves during late winter and is covered with flowers during spring. Fruits are present during most of the year. The generic name means Handro's flower. The species name means with golden hairs, in reference to the pubescence that covers the leaves and fruits.

The photographed tree is in front of the Piñero Buinding. There are several other trees in the campus; for example, behind the Nursing Building, in front of the Chemistry Buiding, behind the Sánchez Hidalgo Building, near the Barcelona street entrance to the campus, and north and south Building C.

Handroanthus chrysotrichus (Bignoniaceae)