Silver trumpet-tree


Silver trumpet-tree, or Paraguayan trumpet-tree, is native to South America. It reaches a height of 30 feet, with a trunk 10 or more inches in diameter. The leaves have a characteristic grayish cast and are composed of five to seven leaflets, the largest up to 4 inches long. Flowers are up to 3 inches long and appear in groups at the ends of branches. Fruits are pods, up to 6 inches long, that open on both sides to release many large winged seeds. It flowers mainly during spring and fruits mature mostly during summer. The generic name derives from a Brazilian indian name for another species of the genus. The species name means golden, in reference to the color of the flowers.

The photographed tree is west of the Monzón Building. There are other trees in front of the Art Museum and Academic Senate Building, north of the Rafael Mangual Colisseum, north of the Chemical Engineering Building, and at the Natatorium sports complex.

Tabebuia aurea (Bignoniaceae)