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.

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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.”


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