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Yellow blossoms blaze brightly and fade swiftly

Yellow blossoms blaze brightly and fade swiftly

Explosion doesn't describe the blossoming of yellow trees all around Central Florida. The trees, called tabebuia, erupt in a supernova of yellow more dazzling than lemons, crime tape or traffic signals before red. So startling is the presentation it can seem like brush work of a hallucinating artist. The March madness of tabebuias is fading in Orlando, with bright blossoms carpeting the ground beneath trees. It will be 11 months before the spindly tropical species again grabs the attention of most people. So long ago he can't remember when, George Ballentine planted three of them at the downtown Orlando home he has lived in since 1970, a home his wife's grandfather built...

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