You have reached your limit of free articles this month.

Enjoy unlimited access to

Starting at just 99¢ for 8 weeks.


  • ePAPER

You have read of premium articles.

Get unlimited access to all of our breaking news, in-depth coverage and bonus content- exclusively for subscribers. Starting at just 99¢ for 8 weeks


Welcome to

This subscriber-only site gives you exclusive access to breaking news, in-depth coverage, exclusive interactives and bonus content.

You can read free articles of your choice a month that are only available on

What are the yellow-flower trees blooming all over Palm Beach County?

You know it’s springtime when the tabebuia trees are in bloom.

The trees, native to subtropical climes, are easy to spot.

TAG YOUR SPRING PHOTOS: Enter our Spring Blooms Photo Contest (details below)

The beautiful bright yellow (or purple or pink-ish) blooms are bursting out all across Palm Beach County and South Florida. You can see them on trees, and the shedding blooms turn yards and parking lots into a flowery carpet.

And if the trees are in bloom, you can almost bet your allergies are bothering you, too. The trees are like a yellow caution sign: Breathing Problems Ahead.

Tabebuia tree pictures are popular on Instagram, where there are more than 8,000 pictures posted, everywhere from California to India.

Here are some quick tabebuia tree facts, courtesy of Wikipedia:

*They’re another reason to love Florida: Tabebuia are native to tropic and subtropic climes. In other words, you aren’t going to find these blooming up north.

*They’re not always trees: Sometimes, they’re a shrub.

*The blooms look like musical instruments: That’s why some people call them “trumpet trees.”

*There are lots of them: It is estimated that there are 100-plus species of tabebuia.

But it’s not all pretty colors and spring feeling. Mike Bodle, of the South Florida Water Management District, emailed us: “Yellow tabs are not a great tree for South Florida at all. They do not tolerate wind events, much less hurricanes, well at all. They fall right down. People should know they will have expensive problems if they plant them here.”


Enter the Post’s April Instagram photo contest, themed “Spring Blooms.” Be sure to tag your Instagram pic with #pbpspringblooms in order to be part of the contest, which ends on April 30. There’s a $25 Amazon gift card for the winner. And the winner will appear on the Post’s Instagram site (@pbpost).

Reader Comments ...

Next Up in Community

Why is Mounts garden spending $500,000 to let visitors ‘walk on water’?
Why is Mounts garden spending $500,000 to let visitors ‘walk on water’?

Lajos Heder stood on the lip of a sand pit to describe the water garden taking shape below his feet at Mounts Botanical Garden in West Palm Beach. RELATED: SIX MUST-SEE SPRING FLOWERS AT THE MOUNTS “The water will be a couple of inches below the walkway,” said Heder, a Cambridge, Massachusetts-based artist who specializes in large-scale...
Milkshakes and nostalgia at Green’s Pharmacy
Milkshakes and nostalgia at Green’s Pharmacy

MENU Green’s Pharmacy serves basic breakfast and lunch fare, mostly priced at less than $10 a plate. The breakfast menu includes eggs, bacon and pancakes. The lunch list offers salads, burgers and BLTs. Green’s is a throwback — aside from the sweet potato fries, we spied no items that were organic, vegan or otherwise trendy. ATMOSPHERE...
3 TO SEE: ‘Experience Glass’; Choral classics; art history exhibit
3 TO SEE: ‘Experience Glass’; Choral classics; art history exhibit

It’s almost the weekend – time for the Cultural Council of Palm Beach County to share with you the best of what our community has to offer. Each week, you get three ideas – one that’s free, one that’s affordable and one that’s a splurge. Your “3 to See” cultural curator is Rena Blades, president and CEO...
Visit to Bailey’s Blendz can be fruitful
Visit to Bailey’s Blendz can be fruitful

MENU Organic acai and pitaya bowls topped with choice of fresh fruits, seeds, nuts, and other “fixin’s,” enticing smoothies, and organic coffee from female owned and operated coffee farms. ATMOSPHERE Comfy and cozy with a vintage, farmhouse ambience. There’s also a little seating area outside. Although this gem hasn’t...
Dine at Fujiyama for good food, entertainment
Dine at Fujiyama for good food, entertainment

MENU Wide variety of Japanese cuisine, including hibachi-style dinners, sushi entrees and Asian rolls, chicken, seafood, steak, noodles, Katsu, Bento box meals, soup, salad, appetizers, dessert. ATMOSPHERE Elegant, modern restaurant whose main attraction is the stainless steel hibachi grill, where up to 10 people can gather around to watch a master...
More Stories