The first buds of spring were spotted this weekend on some of the flowering trees in the parks. The Tabebuia trees, like seen above, are among the first to flower each year. Their yellow, pink and purple colors are spectacular! Here’s video and photos about where to look over the next several weeks for some the best views.
Here’s a quick highlight video showing how popular the Tabebuia trees are for landscaping in the parks.
Tabebuia trees usually flower in Central Florida from February to early April. This variety, Argentea, is usually one of the last to flower in the season. This tree was photographed at Disney’s Polynesian resort on March 25, 2011.
Tabebuia trees originated in South America. About nine varieties of the tree are in Florida now.
One of the Tabebuia trees at SeaWorld accents the Flamingo area.
This pink-purple variety of Tabebuia is the most common variety in Central Florida.
This pink-purple Tabebuia is nicknmaed “ippy”, short for the variety name, impetiginosa.
As you get closer to the blooms, you start to see that ippy has some yellow hues too.
You can see some of the blossoms unfurling here.
At Universal Orlando, Tabebuia trees peek up into the moving walkway between parking and CityWalk.
Tabebuia trees also welcome guests at the Islands of Adventure ticket booths.
In Jurassic Park, a variety of Tabebuia called chrysotricha shines in brilliant yellow among the rich tropical greens.
Tabebuia trees also line a portion of Seuss Landing, making the area even more like a cartoon.
Tabebuia burst into flower at slightly varying times. You can see some differences here, where four trees are seen in various states of the bloom cycle.
The bloom cycle only last about two to three weeks. Soon, new leaves begin to fill the trees, providing shade in summertime.
Epcot recently received many young Tabebuia trees.
One of the nice additions of color in the landscaping is from the carpet of fallen petals beneath the trees.
These trees near France later provided the blanket of petals behind the topiaries below.
Things are always changing at the Magic Kingdom too. You may have seen this tree over the years.
By April 15, 2011, it had been removed as part of the progress at the Fantasyland expansion. As this is written today, this whole area is walled off and part of the expansion.