Trumpet Trees

Golden Trumpet Tree. I love this tree.
Golden Trumpet Tree

Pink or Golden Trumpet Trees have been highly recommended to me to plant in Downtown Los Angeles by two people who have a wealth of knowledge about these things-Luis Torres, LA City’s Street Tree Inspector and Frank McDonough, a Master Botanist I sought advice from, who works at the LA Arboretum (he has a great plant show called, The Questionable Botanist on Ustream-see below!)


Here is what wikipedia says about Trumpet Trees (Tabebuia Trees):(

Tabebuia is a neotropical genus of about 100 species[1] in the tribe Tecomeae of the family Bignoniaceae. The species range from northern Mexico and southern Florida south to northern Argentina, including the Caribbean islands of Hispaniola (Dominican Republic, Haiti) and Cuba. The generic name is derived from words used for the trees by the indigenous peoples of Brazil.[2]

Pink Trumpet Tree

Disney Hall has some Pink Trumpet Trees and the Arts District has both some Pink AND Golden Trumpet Trees. They all look to be doing well here, Downtown, from my own untrained eye. Their flowers are not sticky like the flowers of the Jacaranda Tree-so this makes their petals easier to sweep up.

I think these trees are stunning with their dark wood contrasting nicely with the light-colored flowers.

I want to plant some of these on San Pedro St. for my first planting in December. I don’t have my selection pinned down quite yet, but more I stare at pictures of this tree, the more I like it, and think it would be perfect to plant in my neighborhood. I like this tree so much, I chose it as my blog’s header picture–look up!

I found an article about the Golden Trumpet Trees in the Arts District:(

(Excerpted from a Huffington Post article titled, “Remembrance of Things Past: The Original Downtown Los Angeles Arts District and the Yellow Trees” April 19th, 2010 by Lisa Adams)

Every Spring I enjoy the yellow trees that bloom in the Arts District. They’re the only ones in downtown Los Angeles that I have been able to find. One of my ex-students from the Landscape Architecture Department at UCLA Extension identified them as tabebuia caraiba – Caribbean Trumpet Trees. They make me really happy.

More information about this tree from an LA Times article. (

(Excerpted from a Los Angeles Times article titled, “This season’s “it” tree” March 31, 2005 by Lili Singer)

The golden trumpet tree is a gangly grower, reaching about 25 feet, and has curious amber bristles on its buds and leaves. Flaring flowers — 4 inches long, intense yellow and clustered at the branch tips — epitomize the heat and sunshine that the tree craves. It blooms heavily in spring and occasionally in summer and fall in many locales — though rarely, if at all, near the coast.

The pink trumpet tree, its more popular cousin, flowers on and off from November into May in coastal and interior locations, with peak bloom in early spring. T. impetiginosa stands tall, but not too tall — 30 to 40 feet, straight and broad, with olive green foliage and yellow-throated lavender pink blossoms. The flowering grows more impressive as the tree ages. Frank McDonough, an arboretum plant information specialist, recommends it more than any other tree. “It’s a good size with a fairly shady canopy,” McDonough says, “and the roots are not invasive.”

This leads me to wonder what sorts of trees other people might want to see planted around here. I will continue to seek the advice of professionals about tree selection, but I am also encouraging public input. Tree selection is something that I take extremely seriously, the implications of which will be felt long after I’m 6 ft. under. I don’t want people cursing my ghost for my poor tree choices. What kinds of trees would you like to see in Skid Row?

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  1. Pingback: Golden Trumpet flowers on San Pedro Street | Trees on San Pedro Street Project

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