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Hi all,
Once again we have loads of Pink Tabebuia (Tabebuia heterophylla) seeds that we're willing to give away when we cut the seed pods out of the tree (else they burst, and I feel terrible yanking up and tossing or running the lawnmover over the overwhelming number of seedlings next year). If someone would let me know if AQIS will allow us to send them through the mail unpermitted, I'd be happy to send some to anyone down under who requests. If AQIS allows, send me a note at "tjhuggett(at)aol(dot)com" with your address, and next weekend I'll gather them up and post them.

About the tree that produces them (pictured now at 15 years old): We grew it from the seed of a consistently beautiful bloomer of a local theme park, and we got the same. It started blooming at about 2m tall (about three years old), and I've seen its offspring, distributed now to neighbors and coworkers for about ten years, match it.

The seedlings need to be protected from a hard freeze, but within a couple years they could withstand several hours of just below freezing. Our tree has had to do that three times in fifteen years (and always when it's just starting to bloom!) The photo was taken in March this year to show how well it did through a very bad winter that tormented the lawn, Jacarandas, and Floss Silk trees on the same side of the house.

Some seeds always escape the culling and take root despite the effort, so we'll have a batch of 20cm tall seedlings hiding in the hedges by next summer anyway to give away to the locals again.
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recher says...
it is a legal import. I'd love some seed

i'm growing chrysantha, donellii-smithii (sic),palmeri, rosea, a large leafed white flowered one, serratifolia, another yellow i've forgotten, NONE except chrysantha set seed

i got LOTS of plants so if you want seed to something

being so flat and light send in air mail envelope and on outside declare seed of Tabebuia heterophylla and also same inside. my address is recher /2221 dunoon rd / dorroughby 2480 australia
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Mel says...
Hi Tom, I'd love some seed if you still have some spare. Please advise postage cost so I can reimburse you.
Melanie Hibbett
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Tom says...
Hi Mel, we've got so many this year, I doubt we could run out. I'll put some in the mail to you in the same manner recher suggested above your note. Thanks for the offer to reimburse, but it's really no imposition, not the least bit expensive, and I'm glad to see the seeds have a shot somewhere other than the trash dump. Cheers,
Tom
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amanda says...
Nice tree Tom! I have one of these but it's not happy here...maybe be too hot or dry? I saw them in K.L. are they from the tropics?
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Tom says...
Hi Amanda. Thanks for the compliment. Yes, they're natives of the American Tropics; this species, in particular, is from the West Indies. Our experience with them is that they like it best hot and humid (we excel at that!), though they can withstand a long drought in cool months. Looks like in Geraldton and environs your rains are small in the hottest months, so that would put them to the test even if they got good irrigation. It's too bad 'cause they're impressive when they pop but would need moist air to push that. On the flip side, our pomegranates complain here and would move to your neighborhood in an instant.

Here's a question back at you: I saw you have a Kaffir Plum in your bounteous gardens (what a superb place, and I love your attitude and good humor in the description!!!). I've been considering adding one to our tight lot but haven't found much info on them here. If it's thriving there, maybe it'll be too wet here do you think?

You and I grow so many other things in common, by the way.
t


Recher & Mel, I mailed the seeds yesterday to y'all. Just for grins, would you let me know when they arrive? I'm curious about how long it'll take from mailbox to mailbox.
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amanda says...
Hi Tom - thanks for that info - it explains alot. I think I will give up on my one and admire from afar ;-)

The kaffir plum has been an outstanding tree for me here. Very easy, no disease, water wise, fast, tolerates strong ocean storms (so far!), dense shady canopy, naturally a nice shape and no dramas with salinity. I only had to lop the top off one - as it got to 2-3m without branching.

My tree "bible" tells me they tolerate the hot-moist climates thru' to temperate moist and dry....it is frost tender and subtropical. Supposedly it is not tolerant of wind and breaks branches - I haven't seen this myself and there are bigger ones in town that don't suffer in our shocking winds.

It's a tough tree - it tolerates scorching easterlies in summer and freezing one's in winter. It sends down it's roots deep and fast and forms a thick, strong trunk quickly. I don't fertilise mine much - they don't seem to need it.

I don't think you will have any dramas myself. I like sucking on the fruit - it's a little sour but nice. Not much of it. I can take a pic of a really prolific tree in town if u want to see it fully grown.

Have a google though - this is just my experience with them (I have 5). And thanks for your compliments too :)
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Rev says...
make sure youll eat it though,
as its hosts the mediterranean fruit fly

i's seen it my my own eyes :)
beautiful tree though...
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Rev says...
Amanda they are palmate leaved winter deciduous or semideciduous genus
they are drought hardy - but only when the weather works with them
I cant remember how Jacaranda does in gero. They are related and very similar in growth - except that Jacarandas are significantly more cold hardy.

Id discourage anyone from Planting T rosea
Its and evergreen with nice glossy leaves but fairly boring pinkish white flowers
and its a demon of a seed producer
Everywhere they are is covered in seedlings. Im a 'weed skeptic', that is i think the riosk of weeds is overstated and their benefits to ecology undervalued - but still - ill call T rosea as a tree youd curse in a few years

As you say recher - chrysantha sets seed easily.
I see a few others in townsville seeding some pods but they are not prolific

maybe you can answer me about T impetiginosa. Im hunting info on the taxonomy of T impetiginosa and T avellanedae, 2 species used in traditional south america phytotherapies.

some sources clami impetiginosa is the same as T palmeri
whats your opinion?
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Rev says...
sorry switching from Harpephyllum post 1, to Tabebuia post 2

as far as Tabebuia palmerii goes - it looks a lot like Santol (Sandoricum koetjape), as a tree!
hard to pick which one to have...

they seem to be used from Brasil, where the indigenous Ka'apor use them to make bows and time their agricultural season by their flowering and leaf fall and burst
through to North west mexico where they are a prized housebuiling timber for beams among the indigenous Mayo. being rot and insect resistant

i love Tabebuia - def reccomend them -except T rosea!
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amanda says...
Hi Rev - my Kaffirs don't lose any leaves here. Jacarandas do badly - the wind makes them an awful shape - lopsided and witches broom looking! I tried and failed with them - very sad.
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Rev says...
Thats Gero for you

its the salt in the winds, not actually the wind

cant really be avoided

Try growing Echium fastuosum for a kick in the guts of Bluer than blue!
some eryngium species also

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Richard says...
Hi, Tom I would like to have some of the seeds that your offering. Thank you some much for sharing
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Tom says...
I'll send some tomorrow, Richard. You'll probably have them mid-next week. My Dad hasn't been able to get seedlings established in Houston before winter takes them out, so I'm not sure how well they'll do over in Converse. I'm happy to send them so you can try, though.
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Richard says...
Hi, Tom I got the seeds today thank you so much for sharing. Can you please tell me when is the best time to plant these seeds. Richard
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Tom says...
Hi Richard,
They're falling from the trees now, so I think it's the best time just now to sow them. In fact, I just planted some myself. They'll pop up before cold weather sets in (at least here - don't know how it'll go in the S.A. area. I think your temps vary more greatly than ours with higher highs and lower lows.) Best to start them in pots so you can bring them in on bad days during this first winter.

Recher & Mel,
Haven't heard - just wondering if the seeds made it to y'all in Dorroughby & Nankin yet. It's been a couple weeks since I posted them.
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Mel says...
Hi Tom,
Received seeds today 27 July. Thank you so much will keep you posted as to how they go. Thanks also for your lovely letter.
Kind regards
Mel

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RexEdwardFairy says...
Tom, come July 2011, I'd LOVE some of your Pink Tabebuia (Tabebuia heterophylla) seeds if they next lot are up for grabs again...Thanks heaps... Beck
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Tom says...
Hi Beck,
got your message through email and then found it here a few days later as I haven't checked in for a while on the forum. We'd be glad to send some seeds when they're available - will just need an address. The tree's about to bloom again as winter ends up here, and we may be able to find one of last year's pods still hanging on. If so, we'll send down to you sooner than JUL so you can get them sowed before your summer ends.

Mel, Recher, & Richard - any luck with last year's seeds? I wonder if they've broken ground for you yet?

Hi to Phil also - I owe you pictures of the seedlings which have sprung from all your seeds now living up here in Florida at our house. The Davidsons and Finger Limes are doing great even through a cooler winter than usual. How are our little American Persimmons doing for you? Also, I expect to get the first fruit from our White and Haku Botan Pomegranates in AUG and haven't forgotten that those seeds are yours.

Hey to Amanda too!

Best Regards All,
Tom
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Alin Sanjaya says...
If you are had more Tabebuia pink seeds,
please send me by packet to my home :
Jl. Let Jend Sutoyo BTN L-07 Jember, Poscode: 68122, Province : East Java, nations :Indonesia.
Cell number :(+62) 8523 600 6671
email : biomax_biomax@yahoo.co.id
Thanks.
Alin sanjaya
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Katherine says...
Hi, Tom. I purchased a pretty much landscape-free house south of downtown Orlando in '09 and have been working hard to kill all the St. Augustine/weeds (mostly the latter), plus a lot of other weeds, and replace with a viable landscape. I very much want to add a pink and two yellow tabebuias. Do you know a source in Orlando for the pink ones so that I don't have to start from seed?

Thanks from an avid Fl xeriscaper.
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Rev says...
Hi Tom
I remember these in Townsville, they are amazing

Im now Head of ecorestoration for a project in Lombok, Indonesia.
We are restoring an area of 400ha of degraded dry tropical forest as nature conservancy and ecotourism

We work with local nurserymen to help us locate rare species. They love to get new plants and were especially keen on Tabebuia sp

If you had any seed still it'd be great to get some here to exchange for stock of some beach plants for coastal rehabilitation

Email: info@ecoregions.co.id

Ecoregions Indonesia
Jl. Melur no 1, Gomong Barat,
Kel. Gomong, Kec. Selaparang
Mataram - NTB, Indonesia 83126

I hope this is still possible and if theres costs involved please let me know

Reville
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andy11 says...
Hey I'm just wondering if there r still any free seeds? I think the original post was quite awhile ago but thought I'd ask anyway? Would really luv some! Thanks!
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Possum01 says...
Hi Tom, just located your message from 2010. Just wondering do you still have the tabebuia heterophylla? If so I'm chasing some seeds as many as you can obtain. If you could reply to me I'd like to talk to you further.

Cheers
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