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Tabebuia Impetiginosa Purple Trumpet Tree Plant


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4 Inch Pots -

Mature, well rooted starter size plants, growing and shipped in a 4 inch plastic pot, plant will be a minimum of about 8 to 10 inches tall and unlikely to have bloom or bud at the time of shipping.

Tabebuia Impetiginosa or Ipes as they are commonly called are small growing semi tropical deciduous blooming trees, and are among the most beautiful and popular flowering trees suited for the semi tropical and tropical landscape. Other common names are Purple Trumpet Tree, Purple Lapacho, Pau D' Arco, and Tecoma. This species is native to South America.

These trees put on a show for about 21 days in the early spring that is simply unmatched. It will shed the leaves when nights dip into the low 40's and then typically in mid February to early March it bursts forth in a glorious display of profuse and densely packed pastel lavender tinted pink trumpets with canary yellow and ruby red striped throats. The flowers cover the entire branch canopy of the tree for a long bloom period that is typically lasts 21 days.

The flowers are followed by long glossy seed pods that sometimes continue to hang well into the next season. New leaves appear quickly after the flowers have shed and by early summer the canopy will be fully flushed and able to provide good shade.

Tabebuia Impetiginosa matures rapidly, growing at a rate of 2' to 4' feet per year until reaching about 20' tall, thereafter growth slows considerably, making this cultivar well suited for small lots and other urban uses.

Botanical Name Tabebuia impetiginosa
Common Name Ipe
Plant Family Bignoniaceae
Mature Size 20 to 25 feet
Bloom Color Lavender toned pi
Bloom Form Orchid Like
Bloom Time Early Spring
Zone 9, 10, 11
Fragrance None
Key Features Showy, early bloom, small size
Suggested Uses Urban, Street, Median, Bonsai
Grower Notes Showy, early bloom, moderate salt tolerance


Direct planting of 4 inch starter size plants is not recommended, so for the best results with your new plant, we recommend it be repotted and allowed to grow larger before setting out in a tropical to subtropical landscape. 

When the new pot has filled with roots and the plant is larger, then here a few hints for successful growing in the landscape in Zones 9, 10, and 11.  can be grown as a potted plant indefinitely.

  • Plant in fertile well draining, slightly acidic soil soil in the full sun. Amend with high quality organic material as needed.
  • Locate in full sun to very lightly dappled shade.
  • Provide supplemental irrigation.
  • Feed a good quality, slow release, bloom boosting fertilize with the initial planting and twice yearly in the early Spring and early Fall thereafter. 
  • Supplement with a water soluble plant food in between feeding.
  • Prune lightly and often when young to encourage branching and after flowering to promote uniform shape and control size.
  • Protect from frost and freeze






  • Model: TAB-PNK-IPE
  • Shipping Weight: 2lbs
  • 6 Units in Stock

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