The Jacaranda Tree
Jacaranda mimosifolia (syn. Jacaranda mimosaefolia) is commonly known simply as the ‘Jacaranda Tree’ or ‘Blue Jacaranda’. Native to South America, (Brazil and Argentina) they have been widely grown in Australian gardens for many years. Growing to 10 – 15m with its characteristic purple – mauve flowers these are a semi deciduous tree with attractive green fernlike foliage and makes a useful shade tree.
With an open growth habit J. mimosifolia provides good dappled shade and with its outstanding flowers from early summer is an attractive addition to medium sized gardens. Also used as a street tree in some areas. Foliage begins to drop in late winter, however is quick to reappear around 2 months later. Sometimes flowers appear before the main flush of foliage, other times with it. Either way it is a dramatic sight in the garden when in full flower.
Sometimes seen as a warm climate tree, this is species that grows and flowers well as far south as Melbourne.
Grown both as a shade tree and for the masses of purple flowers that appear in summer this really is an outstanding feature tree when in full bloom. Growth rate will vary depending on conditions, but from 1 -2m a year until mature.
Jacaranda mimosifolia ‘White Christmas’ is rare white flowering form.
Jacaranda mimosifolia General Information
- Height – They will reach 10m to 15 metres in height.
- Growth Rate – Jacaranda tree growth rate is medium to fast once established.
- Flower Color – Purple to Blue.
- Propagation – Seed or Cuttings.
- Common names – Blue Jacaranda.
- Root system – Vigorous, should be planted away from drains and paved areas.
In full sun and a well drained position, Jacaranda mimosifolia are generally undemanding and reasonably drought tolerant. Widely used in street plantings Jacaranda mimosifolia make great flowering feature trees. Due to the reasonably shallow, yet vigorous root system Jacaranda trees are not suited to growing in pots.
- The extensive root system of Jacaranda trees can cause problems with paving as well a drainage and sewer lines. The trees are naturally shallow rooted, damage by digging or mowing can cause fungal problems.
- Once Jacaranda trees mature, the weight can cause the tree to split.
- Pruning is not recommended as this causes long soft water shoots which easily break away. Formative pruning of young plants is carried out in nurseries.
- The masses of flowers that fall onto the ground can cause little problems.
Jacaranda Trees are available for sale from the following participating nurseries
'Justly famous for rare and unusual plants' Don Teese
34 Mt Pleasant Rd Monbulk VIC 3793
55 McDougal Rd Neerim South Victoria 3831 PH: (03) 56281507
Advanced ornamental trees and garden designs and concept plans. Direct to your property combined with specialist knowledge and outstanding service.
In Brisbane and Gold Coast Try
300 Oxley Drive Coombabah QLD 4216
Located on the north end of the Gold Coast at Runaway Bay. The 6 acre site is home to Queensland's biggest & best garden centre. Selling in volume direct to the public. Focus on top quality both in our plant & pot ranges.