If you live in Southern California, you might have seen this tree with its fabulous explosion of yellow flowers. It's called Tabebuia aurea- pronounced TAB-eh-BOO-ya. It's a fun word to say. It's a small tree growing 15-25 feet and is native to South America. It sheds it's leaves in winter(rather than autumn) and blooms in early spring. After flowering, long seed pods emerge. I don't think I've ever seen a larger specimen than this. They're always scrawny but so beautiful in bloom! Flowering is brief, maybe a month at the longest. So don't miss it!