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When the Poui blooms

Photographer Gerard-Paul Wanliss captured this yellow Poui tree in bloom along the Churchill–Roosevelt Highway.

There is a saying “April showers bring May flowers”. The Easter period is the time of year where our gardens awaken with beautifully coloured petals and the magnificent Poui tree takes full bloom.

Tabebuia, locally known as the Poui, is definitely one of the most gorgeous flowering trees that can be seen in Trinidad and Tobago when they are in full blossom. It is often said that when the Poui trees are filled with flowers, we know that Easter is upon us and the rainy season is near.

The genus Tabebuia is classified almost entirely of trees but there are a few shrubs and some species that produce timber. Poui trees can be found not only in Caribbean countries but also in Florida, South America and Northern Mexico.

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