Range: Colombia and Venezuela
This is one of the best ornamental flowering trees for South Florida landscapes. It bears masses of bright yellow flowers in the spring and summertime. It was first introduced to the United States by the famous plant explorer Dr. David Fairchild (1969-1954), the namesake of Fairchild Tropical Botanic Garden. Today, it is found throughout our region as a street tree or backyard shade tree. Over time it can become massive, growing to over 50 feet.