T. impetiginosa, T. ipe
Pink Trumpet Tree,
Lavender Trumpet Tree
Bignoniaceae (Bignonia family)
Origin: Argentina and Brazil
of Los Angeles - Department of Public Works
Bureau of Street Services
Form - Deciduous, or partially deciduous, just before late winter blooming.
Fast in juvenile stages, later becoming a moderate growing small tree
to 30' and almost as wide. Somewhat irregular but generally rounded and
spreading. Becomes graceful with age.
Trunk - Straight, smooth with light gray bark.
Foliage - Leaves are palmately compound. The five leaflets are smooth
and shiny olive green on both surfaces. The lance shaped leaflets are
2 - 4" long by 1 - 2" wide with prominent veins.
- Very showy, trumpet shaped lavender pink flowers with yellow throat,
2 - 3" long by 2" wide are borne in rounded clusters in early spring,
while deciduous. Flowers become larger and more profuse as tree matures.
Heavier flowering occurs in warmer areas. Foot long, hanging seed pods
follow flowers and persist into winter.
significant pest problems are known at this time.
Sunset zones - 15, 16, 20 - 24 and warmer parts of 12 and 13.
- Suitable for 5 ' minimum parkways, medians or cutouts. Suitable under
Good for street sides, medians, parks and lawns.
Prefers well drained soils, especially sandy loam. Drought
tolerant when mature.