Tabebuia gemmiflora is a deciduous shrub or tree with a globose crown; it can grow 4 - 7 metres tall. The crooked bole can be 15 - 20cm in diameter[
The tree is sometimes harvested from the wild for local use of its wood. An ornamental tree, it has good potential for use in urban landscaping[
S. America - eastern Brazil.
Forests in semi-arid areas, mainly in the primary forest but also in the more enveloped secondary formations; favouring rocky sites on dry, well-drained soils[
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Grows best in a sunny position[
]. Prefers a well-drained soil that can be on the dry side[
]. Established plants are drought-tolerant[
Young plants have a moderate rate of growth[
The wood is medium-textured, irregular-grained, heavy, hard to cut, very resistant to attacks by wood-eating organisms. Because of its small size, the wood is only used locally for purposes such as stakes and posts[
Seed - best sown as soon as it is ripe in a partially shaded position in a nursery seedbed. A germination rate in excess of 50% can be expected if the seed is sown fresh, with the seed sprouting within 7 - 15 days[
The seed has a short viability of less than 5 months in storage[
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