The primavera (spanish for spring) tree is one of the yellow-flowered tabebuias. This species name honors the discoverer john donnell smith, an american botanist. In central america, it is a large timber tree with valuable wood used in furniture, molding, etc. It has a straight trunk, grows to 75-100 feet and has a rounded spreading crown with upright branches. The bark is grayish, initially smooth but becoming furrowed with age. Leaves are opposite, green, compound and palmate with 5-7 leaflets, the leaf measuring 8-20 inches long. Flowering takes place when the tree is leafless; 8 inch-long clusters of bright yellow blooms develop as clusters at branch ends. Individual flowers are trumpet-shaped about 1 inch wide. Flowers attract insects and hummingbirds. Fruit are narrow seed capsules, 12-16 inches long containing winged seeds for dispersal; the tree is propagated by seed or cuttings. Primavera grows best in well-drained soils, sand or clayey. It is a hardy tree and invades pastures in its native area. When young the tree needs pruning to prevent weediness. As a landscape tree, it can be used along roads or streets, but is best grown in large areas which can accommodate its large potential size.