Pink trumpet-tree

 
 

Pink trumpet-tree, or pink poui, is native to Mexico, Central America, Colombia, Ecuador, and Venezuela. It reaches a height of 100 feet, with a trunk 3 feet in diameter. The leaves have five leaflets, the largest up to 10 inches long, preceded by a petiole up to 5 inches long. Flowers are approximately 2 inches long and appear in groups and the ends of branches; they are generally light pink, varying from white to deep pink depending on the tree and the locality. Fruits are slender pods up to 1 foot long that open length-wise to release many winged seeds. It flowers at the end of winter and during spring, after shedding almost all its leaves. The pods open mostly during summer. The generic name derives from a Brazilian indian name for another species of the genus. The species name refers to the color of the flowers. Pink trumpet-tree is the national tree of El Salvador. It differs from white-cedar (T. heterophylla) by the size and shape of the leaflets.


The photographed tree is one of two specimens planted west of the Piñero Building. There are other trees near the western end of the faculty offices building, west of the Chardón Building, north of the Rafael Mangual Colisseum, south of Building A, and at the Natatorium sports complex.

 

Tabebuia rosea (Bignoniaceae)