Jacaranda, or Jacaranda mimosifolia, is a beautiful sub-tropical tree native to South America that has been widely planted throughout the tropical world. No surprise there because in spring the tree is blanketed with a stunning, violet-blue floral display. These showy trumpet shaped flowers are about 1.5 inches wide and arranged in clusters growing at the branch tips. The blue of the flowers is so extraordinary that it immediately enthralls and a single specimen alone in a garden is a wonderful sight. But it’s more typically used as a boulevard tree where long avenues lined with Jacarandas create breath-taking tunnels of fragrant lavender-blue. And another choice spot for the tree is alongside a pool or pond. To see the reflection of a Jacaranda in full bloom reflected on the water’s surface is stunning.
The jacaranda is a deciduous tree with fine-textured, fern-like leaves, similar to Mimosa (Albizia julibrissin). The leaves are feathery and beautiful though they develop little fall color. Young Jacarandas are upright but with age become craggy and irregular which produces an impressive asymmetric open crown.

Most can get quite large, with a spread wider than their height, as much as 60 feet and 40 feet tall which makes them a challenge for small properties. They’re quite popular in South Africa and Australia but their lack of cold tolerance rules out most of North America and the UK. However if your winters are not too frigid you could give it a try since it can withstand temps as low as 20 degrees Fahrenheit.

As always, a tree this rare is not likely to be found in the large discount nurseries, but more likely found in the select plant nurseries or from mail-order tree nurseries.



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