Tabebuia – The Trumpet Flower Tree

 Pink Tabebuia But Which One? 


It’s start of april when you start seeing the spectacular flowering trees in bloom. Most of warm climate deciduous trees bloom in spring when there s not a single leaf on them. Tabebuia, Jacaranda, Erythrina, Cassia Bakeriana, Bombax Ceiba and many others put on a great show with their gorgeous flowering display. Tabebuia is gaining popularity with ever increasing number of trees blooming each year. Yellow Tabebuia (Tabebuia Chrysantha) is already a favorite but Pink Tabebuia is gaining more popularity than yellow one. Yet majority of people do not realise that there are many diffrent varieties of Pink Tabebuia out there with prices varying from Rs 400 to Rs 10000 for a small plant. Following species are available in the market but not even the nurserymen know the difference between them.

  • Tabebuia Rosea
  • Tabebuia Impetiginosa
  • Tabebuia Heptaphylla

Tabebuia Rosea

trumpet tree

pink trumpet tree

Tabebuia Rosea is the most commonly found in India and thailand and is also available in marketfor a long time. Usually grown from the seed , it takes 6 to 8 years to bloom. The blooms are light colored of all tabebuias and are borne in loose clusters. The leaves are fairly distinctive from those of Tabebuia Impetiginosa and Tabebuia Heptaphylla are are round and thick.


trumpet tree flowers
                          pink trumpet flowers



Tabebuia Impetiginosa

It is a recent introduction from Thailandwith prolific blooming. The flowers are slightly intense in color than those of rosea and are borne in more profusion. Flowers are produced in loose clusters however. Here s a photo of one blooming in Bahria Town Lahore.

Tabebuia Heptaphylla

                         Brazillian Tabebuia

One of the most stunning trees in he world. It is exclusively available with us. One of our suppliers in USA was abble to get some plants from Fairchild Botanical Gardens in Florida who got their trees from Brazil. This tabebuia will bloom mostly within 6 months from seed. Some of the seedlings will give plants that bloom twice or thrice a year but some will only produce flowers in Spring. We are trying to raise plants from cuttings or by grafts which will bloom twice or thrice a year. The flowers are borne in compact round clusters resembling the flowers of hydrangea or Viburnum Opulus Snow Ball bush.

The color in more intense and the plants are distinctive by their flower color and round flower clusters. If you are looking for something extra special then we highly recommend this one. Here’s a three year old plant blooming near Airport at a customer’s house.

Tabebuia Heptaphylla blooming in Lahore

We often have young plants of this variety with us so email or call us to inquire.


Top Ten Trees In Pakistan

So if we were to compile a list of top ten trees in Pakistan there would be many alien trees. Over the years we have tried and tested several trees and here s a list of our :




10. Cassia Nealiae ‘Siam’s White’

White Cassia
Siam’s White Cassia

A cross between Cassia Fistula and Cassia Javanica with white blooms throughout spring and summer. This one gets an edge over Cassia Noosa because of its extended bloom period and ability to flower the very first year from grafted plants. We have seen plenty blooming at our nursery in pots.


9. Cassia Bakeriana

Burmese Cassia Bakeriana (Image              courtesy: Jessica Cabrere)


One of our favorites. If there was a tree that can match the beauty of Japanese flowering cherry Sakura then here it is. Cassia Bakeriana is an early bloomer that blooms in April when there’s not a single leaf. The tree blooms again in Monsoon with leaves. An upright tree with a much better form as compared to Cassia Nodosa.

8. Jacaranda Jasminoides

Maroon Jacaranda Jasminoides

A small tree to 15 ft that is always in bloom. Jacaranda Jasminoides is an early bloomer and blooms non stop from March through November. Leaves are distinctive from  Jacaranda Mimisifolia found in abundance in Pakistan. The flower color is reddish and distinctive to other varieties.

7. Schizolobium Prahyba

Shizoolobium Prahyba

A tree that looks like a palm or a giant tree fern but flowers like Delonix Floribunda. This is an Australian native which brings out 2 to 3 meter long leaves resembling Palm leaves. A robust grower that reaches 15 ft in 2 to 3 years. Yellow flowers are born in abundance. It is a great tree for landscape hence it makes it into our list.

Schizlobium Flowers
Schizolobium in Bloom

6. Delonix Regia

Gold More Tree
Gul Mohr / Gold More

An absolute favorite among the people of Lahore and Karachi. Gul mohar / Gold More is an excellent tree for hot climate areas where it stuns a passer when it is in bloom. Often found in red and orange flowers. Yellow Delonix is a rarity and is only available on pure order with us.

5. Lagerstroemia Loudonii

Thai Bungor
Lagerstroemia Loudonii

A perfect roadside or a small garden tree. When in bloom it is very similar in appearance to Cassia Bakeriana but the flower color is more blue-is than pink of Bakeriana. The form is slightly weeping and the tree does not cover a lot of area. It blooms from April and continue to bloom til September. Highly recommended for everyone. Perhaps the easiest of all trees to grow.

4. Peppermint Peach Tree

Flowering Peach Tree
                   Peppermint Peach Tree

Pictures speak louder than words. This is an absolute stunner in the garden. Same plant will bear white pink and red flowers on the same branches. Only Laburnum Adami has similar characteristics. Ideal tree for a small garden that does better from Lahore and North of Lahore. Won’t perform well in areas like Mulan, Rahim Yar Khan etc.

3. Vitex Agnus Castus

Vitex Agnus Castus
Vitex Agnus Castus

I wish this tree is planted in abundance in Pakistan. I have seen this tree always paying host to honey bees   butterflies and sunbird. The flowers are beautiful blue with cool fragrance. They bloom from April to October. This is an easy plant to grow. A very vigorous plant and deserves more recognition. Not to confuse with Vitex begun do, it’s wild cousin.

Please visit our Youtube Channel ‘Fabeline Horticulture’ for more videos o this tree.

2. Cassia Leptophylla

Gold Medallion Tree

A newly discovered cousin of Amaltas ‘Cassia Fistula’ finds its place at no. 2 simply because of its ability to bloom in its second year and it’s engender bloom period. The flowers are borne in shape of rings which is a character found in only a handful of trees. The flowering season starts in April and the trees continue to bloom till October. Drought tolerant.

1. Cassia Nealiae ‘Rainbow Shower’

Rainbow Shower Cassia

And here comes the queen from Hawaii. Cassia Nealiae Rainbow Shower is the national tree of Hawaii planted in abundance on roadsides of Honolulu. The flower bids are yellow which open to pink. Flowering seasons starts from April and lasts till November. The trees are generally taller than Cassia Noosa and are upright in Nature making them an ideal garden or roadside tree. Although grafted plants can take 2 to 3 years to flower but the wait is worth it. Can be grown from Sindh to Islamabad including all of Punjab except murder and surrounding areas.

Plants for Shade or Patio

Looking for Plants for shade ?Have an area that receives no sunlight ?

Consider this as a problem ?


NO!!! It’s a blessing. You can grow all those plants that you cannot grow under full sun, in an area that is open to the garden but does not receive direct sun. First, Let’s see this video



A Perfect spot for shade plants that is open from 3 sides, gets ample light but no direct sunlight. The plants for shade areas as this one may include Bromliad, Ferns , Chlorophytums , Draecenas , Spathiphyllum (Peace Lily), Heucheras and if you are living in Islamabad / Rawalpindi , you may also grow Azaleas, Hydrangeas etc.


There are various varieties of ferns one can grow in such areas with no direct light. Like Ferns come in various forms.

Shade Plants
Various Varieties to Choose from

One very interesting plant for such areas is Fatsia Variegated.If you can afford the price tag, Normally around 3000 to 10000 depending upon the size, this is the plant to keep.


Fatsia Japonica

Fatsia Japonica Variegated

You can also add flower color in form of Hydrangeas:


Grow in Shade


Or leaf beauty by adding Houttuniyas:

Excellent Spring & Summer Color


Senseveira and Peace lilies are excellent indoor plants.They could be most carefree indoor plants one can have.

1-Peace Lily (Spathiphyllum)
2- Senseiveiria (Snake Plant & Hybrids)
3- Ferns
4-Draecenas (Various forms)
7-Fatsia Japonica & Variegated



Water plants only when the soil starts to dry out. Empty the trays/ Pot holders at the base often. Look out for Pests and Diseases.


Happy Gardening!!!


Visit to One of the Best Gardens of Pakistan

This will be among the best gardens of Pakistan one day. A garden that I started from scratch 3 years ago has started to take shape and the plants are maturing. Among the best gardens of Pakistan , this is probably the youngest but it grows over 300 very unique and not so common flowering plants. Most of these are exotic and imported from various countries. Welcome to the garden of SYED ALI ZAFAR , barrister and a keen gardener.

Located near Orchard Road, Islamabad , we started this garden 3 years ago with an English Garden Theme in our mind. Overwhelmed by the beauty of English gardens , We also had an obstacle that we did not want to build a garden that only blooms in spring and is dull for the rest of the year. We wanted to have equal share of magic in all four seasons and that made us work really hard. We planted diffrent varieties of Maples, Houyttunia Chameleon, Heucheras and berberis to give Red and Sophora Gold Rust , Ilex variegata , and some other variegated plants to Give other colors to break the green. Flowering plants provided us other range of colors in the garden.

You can view the video below and see some of the exotic plants blooming.




Part 2 of the video:


Key plants Planted include:


Acer Bloodgood

Acer Variegata ‘Butterfly’

Acer Dissectum

Berberis Darwinii

Berberis Thunbergi

Berberis Orange Rocket

Lagerstroemia Dynamite

Lagerstroemia Loudonii

Cassia Nealiae Rainbow Shower

Cassia Siam’s White

Echium candicans

Psoralea Fleta


Bauhinia Kockiana

Flowering Cherry Pink Cloud



and Much More






Perennial Flowering Plant | Coreopsis Grandiflora

Summer Flowering Coreopsis

We are almost into June and Summer Flowering Plants “Coreopsis Grandiflora” are making a good display as perennial bedding plants. Also known as tickseed , they are equally good as pot plants. Summer Blooming Plants “Coreopsis” bloom from March to November , they put on an excellent display. They can be grown in Sindh , Punjab and a few areas of KPK. If you are living in Karachi, Hyderabad , Multan , Rahimyar Khan, Lahore, Faialabad , Sialkot , rawalpindi, Peshawar, Islamabad or areas with similar climate, you can grow this plant with ease.  It best thrives under full sun with adequate water.  They ll make an excellent choice as summer flowering plants as they continue to please gardeners even in hot months of May and June when even the petunias and breathing their last.


Here’s a video from a customer’s outer lawn in Sialkot where tickseed were planted a year ago:


How To Grow:

We provide Coreopsis perennial plants in 10 inch pots. You can plant them at an interval of 9 inches. They are best grown in full sun while keeping the soil moist but not soggy. Make sure to add our “ORGANIC COMPOST” to soil before planting. Water well after planting so that you do not have to water it the next day but from the third day onward, water on daily basis unless there’s already enough moisture.

Here’s an image of a full grown Coreopsis Plant. It is roughly 12 inches apart and not more than 7 inches tall.


Coreopsis clump




Coreopsis are propagated by division of clump in mild season preferably in October or February. However, root division can be done from August to March with effective results. While dividing in winter months , place them under plastic or a speedy recovery. As the name suggests, plants can also be propagated by seed. Sow seeds in February or March under Green Net or filtered sunlight.