A tabebuia heterophylla tree (commonly known as pink trumpet tree) in full bloom on 23rd Ave. NE and Coffee Pot Blvd. NE attracts admirers Thursday, January 31, 2013 in St. Petersburg. "It is the most beautiful tree I've ever seen in my life," said Dorothy Quibell, who was visiting the area from Webster, FL., and noting similarities in its blooms to azaleas and rhododendrons. Irma Donahoe saw the pink blooms early Thursday morning. She went home to call her girlfriends and have them meet at her house for a car ride to the attraction. "We'll see the most glorious tree you've ever seen," she told them. The tabebuia tree is one of several blooming early this year due to the warm winter. "These (tabebuia) are almost done flowering and usually don't start until February," said Theresa Badurek, Urban Horticulture Extension Agent and Master Gardener Coordinator in Largo.
Beauty in bloom
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