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It's Jacaranda Time! A Matisse In My Yard!

Updated on February 11, 2012

Jacaranda Tree

Clearwater Fl
Clearwater Fl | Source

A Thing of Beauty

Early spring and summer these beautiful trees spot our landscape here in Florida. They grow in sunny tropically tinged weather all over the world, but usually grow where there is no risk of frost.

The Jacaranda is drought tolerant, and requires well drained soil.



My Back Yard

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Trumpet blooms in clusters

Blooms and Bees

I often sit out back and enjoy the beauty of these blue trees swaying against a deep blue sky. It's like observing the French master, Matisse.

They bloom for about two months, April and May, lasting through Easter.

The kids run around with their baskets and hide Easter eggs among them.

Wearing shoes is a must because the fragrant blooms that have fallen on the ground attract bees.

The trumpet shaped bloom is in clusters and the leaves are fern like.

It actually looks like a large fern after the blooms fall.

When the blooms fall, you can hear them hit the ground, and hope that you don't get hit on the head.

The seeds (fruit) are brown, round pods that are about 1-3 inches wide.


Steve Tilston - Jacaranda song

Varieties

There about 49 species of the tree, and one variety has white blooms. It is considered an ornamental tree.

Street tree

Jacaranda makes an excellent street tree. The branches arch to produce a canopy. The roots can surface and are large, and not recommended too close to a house.

Sometimes they are called, the 'mess' tree because of the blossom litter that might clog drains. Also, they have large seeds that fall and have to be picked up before mowing. But it is such a lovely tree, people are willing to put up with the mess. It is a beautiful sight when your whole lawn is covered with blue.

Blue carpet

Planting and pruning

Use softwood cutting for grafting. Seeds can be planted but takes longer to bloom.

Prune for strength and stability. They form vertical suckers that can distort the shape.

There are no pests of note that attack the Jacaranda.

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      Leah Lefler 5 years ago from Western New York

      I used to live in California and there were Jacaranda trees everywhere - I miss those purple flowery tree-tops! They did make a mess, but the flowers were so pretty!

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      anndavis25 5 years ago from Clearwater, Fl.

      Thanks leahlefler for the comment. Yes, they are spectacular.

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      Donna Cosmato 5 years ago from USA

      How lucky you are to have a living art show in your backyard! Matisse is one of my favorite painters and these images do evoke the tone and mood of his work:) Voted up

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      rebekahELLE 5 years ago from Tampa Bay

      Beautiful! I have noticed them also this early spring. They're so beautiful against the gorgeous blue sky. Where is the location of the image with the church? It's a gorgeous photograph.

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      Peggy Woods 5 years ago from Houston, Texas

      I don't know if the Jackaranda trees grow in Houston. They do look lovely...even if a bit messy when they shed all of those flowers, etc. Enjoyed reading this hub. Up and interesting votes. Thanks!

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      Sunnie Day 5 years ago

      Such a lovely hub. What a wonderful picture to see everyday outside your door Thank you for sharing..love the song too.

      Sunnie

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      Audrey Howitt 5 years ago from California

      Such a pretty tree! You are lucky Ann!

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      Movie Master 5 years ago from United Kingdom

      Hi ann, I am so envious this tree is beautiful!

      Thank you for sharing.

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      Eiddwen 5 years ago from Wales

      Thanks ann for sharing this beautiful tree just one of Mother Nature's creations.

      I loved this hub and have to award you with my special up up and away ha ha!!!

      Take care and enjoy your day.

      Eddy.

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      mckbirdbks 5 years ago from Emerald Wells, Just off the crossroads,Texas

      Hello anndavis25. Your trees are beautiful. What a nice hub.

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      Twilight Lawns 5 years ago from Norbury-sur-Mer, Surrey, England. U.K.

      Lovely hub, Annadavis. i remember the trees in West Australia where I grew up.

      Thank you for the lovely memories.

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      anndavis25 5 years ago from Clearwater, Fl.

      Donna, everybody loves the beauty...but it leaves a mess. Once cleaned up though, it's a big big fern.

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      anndavis25 5 years ago from Clearwater, Fl.

      rebekahELLE, I found that image in a nursery profile. It didn't say where it was, but I think it was Texas. Yes, it did look great in front of that building. Biblical.

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      anndavis25 5 years ago from Clearwater, Fl.

      I betcha the tree grows somewhere in Texas. They don't only shed flowers, they shed big seed pods. But once they are picked up (takes me a whole day). I have a light huge fern like tree. It's worth it.

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      anndavis25 5 years ago from Clearwater, Fl.

      Who would have thought somebody would write a song about a Jackaranda tree. I was surprised to run across it. Guess that guy was smitten by the beauty.

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      anndavis25 5 years ago from Clearwater, Fl.

      I am so late answering this hub. But I am glad to see you on here. Glad you enjoyed the tree. Happy to share the beauty.

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      anndavis25 5 years ago from Clearwater, Fl.

      Movie Master, Yes, you would appreciate the beauty. Your sensitive photographs is proof. Glad to share it with you.

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      anndavis25 5 years ago from Clearwater, Fl.

      Wish I could bottle it, Eddy. Thank you for the UU&A.

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      anndavis25 5 years ago from Clearwater, Fl.

      Thanks, MCKBird. I do enjoy them!

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      anndavis25 5 years ago from Clearwater, Fl.

      I think the original seeds were from Africa. But they grow all over the states as long as the weather doesn't get too cold. Glad to share them with you.

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      Twilight Lawns 5 years ago from Norbury-sur-Mer, Surrey, England. U.K.

      Annadavis, you asked what happened to Pooh.

      I searched and searched and there is a picture of Pooh, looking a little older and in green trousers with a new friend... in my poem 'Wounds'.

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      Mohan Kumar 5 years ago from UK

      These are beautiful pictures of a beautiful species of tree. I love your descriptions and photos, they send such a warm feeling inside. I have been to Florida and have spotted them before.. I would love them as street trees... voted up!

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      anndavis25 5 years ago from Clearwater, Fl.

      Docmo, I haven't seen you before, but just checked out some of your hubs. Where have you been????

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      anndavis25 5 years ago from Clearwater, Fl.

      Checked it Twilight....and I love him!

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      Twilight Lawns 5 years ago from Norbury-sur-Mer, Surrey, England. U.K.

      anndavis, you have found an amazing writer in Docmo. He is one of the most talented and interesting writers on HP.

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      anndavis25 5 years ago from Clearwater, Fl.

      I'm reading him now. Good stuff.

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      oliversmum 5 years ago from australia

      anndavis25 Hi. Oh my goodness they are such a magnificent tree.

      Here in Australia they bloom around september (our spring) they really are beautiful.

      Thank you for sharing all this information on how to grow and look after them.

      I thoroughly enjoyed reading it and the photographs are wonderful.Awesome :):)

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      anndavis25 5 years ago from Clearwater, Fl.

      Thanks oliversmum. I have heard Australia has many of these trees. Lucky for you.

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