One of the showiest trees to bloom in late winter is Tabebuia impetiginosa (tab-eh-BOO-yuh im-pet-ih-jih-NO-suh). The pink to lavender colored flowers are produced in profusion at the ends of the branches, covering the tree. Flowers are tubular with a yellow throat that turns to pink as the bloom ages.
This species grows up to 50 feet tall. Leaves are semi-deciduous and palmately compound. Most of the leaves will drop just before blooming. It is recommended for USDA Zones 9b to 11.
Tabebuia impetiginosa is native to large parts of Central and South America. It has been used medicinally by the native peoples of that region since before the time of the Incan empire. Even today, Brazilians call the tree pau d'arco, or "divine tree".
The wood of this species is one of the heaviest and most durable available, and is used extensively in the construction of decks, docks, and boardwalks.