Usually grown as an ornamental for its amazing color display, this tree is the national tree of Paraguay. Its beauty has bestowed recognition of it being one of the most beautiful flowering trees in the world.
A tea, called lapacho, is made from the inner bark and is used medicinally by some practitioners of herbal medicine. It supposedly has antibacterial and decongestant properties.
The spring flowering tree needs minimal care when established. This deciduous tree grows usually 10-20ft and is hardy to 20F. Needs protection from hard freezes. Bonsai suitable.