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Jacaranda Tree

Updated on October 4, 2014
Jacaranda Tree -Mimosa House Pages Rd. St Marys NSW
Jacaranda Tree -Mimosa House Pages Rd. St Marys NSW | Source

Plant Details

Common Name: Jacaranda

Botanical Name: Jacaranda Mimosifolia. The species name mimosifoloia refers to the foliage, which resembles that of the mimosa or wattle tree.

Jacaranda grow around 10-15m (30-45ft) tall and have lacy green foliage which turns yellow in autumn before falling. The trumpet-shaped flowers appear before the leaves return, then drop to form a blue carpet undeneath the tree. The colour of the flowers varies from soft blue through to mauve-blue and almost purple.

acaranda Tree -Mimosa House Pages Rd. St Marys NSW
acaranda Tree -Mimosa House Pages Rd. St Marys NSW | Source

The Jacaranda, is a native of the dry, high plains of Brazil and Argentina, jacarandas are popular in Australia and some people think they're Australian natives.

Jacarandas prefer sunny position, rich well-drained soil and protection from wind and frost when still young. One important thing to remember is that it's better not to prune jacarandas because after pruning they send up lots of ugly vertical shoots that spoil the appearance of the tree. Jacarandas grow well in most areas of Australia with the exception of the mountains and Hobart.

Jacaranda gives a spectacular display of blue-mauve flowers which create an attractive carpet when they fall to the ground. It has pretty foliage and low maintenance. It looks great for any average to large garden. Jacaranda also makes excellent street trees.


Jacaranda Festival

Here in Australia, Jacaranda's flowering time is October. The best place to see to see the magnificent spring display of flowering jacarandas is during the Jacaranda Festival held yearly in Grafton, Northern Rivers New South Wales when the street are lined with vibrant purple blooms.

History tells us that in 1879, a Grafton seed merchant by the name of Mr H. A. Volkers was contracted to plant trees for the Grafton Council and during 1880 he was instrumental in supplying and planting hundreds of Jacaranda trees in the streets of Grafton.

In 1935, 55 years, after planting those Jacaranda trees, the people of Grafton held the first Jacaranda Festival, to celebrate the magnificent spectacle of the hundreds of lilac-blossomed trees which grow in Grafton's broad tree lined avenues. This festival expresses the people's thanksgiving for the generosity with which nature blesses this part of the globe.



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      crosswind 6 years ago


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      I have a jacaranda tree on the central coast of CA it always looks sick but is alive. What type of fertilizer does it like?

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      Flower Arragement 6 years ago

      This tree looks like a cherry blossom. Very beautiful. This would be good in flower arrangements. Florist online will be very happy to see this.

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      Pamela Kinnaird W 6 years ago from Maui and Arizona

      Beautiful. These trees grow all over the upcountry of Maui, too. Great photos. Voting this way up.

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      lesa 6 years ago


      i lived in in zimbabwe most of my life and the jacaranda trees are the one that i will rember until the day i die.

      there was always colour.

      all year round.


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      stedman3057 6 years ago

      I was at school at Falcon College in the old Rhodesia. We had wonderful jacaranda-lined avenues. From memory they used to flower in October. It was always said when they flowered it was time to swot seriously for the year end exams!

      From memory I think there are four varieties - purple, pink/red, white and yellow. Can someone confirm this or is my memory playing tricks?

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      Barbara Radisavljevic 6 years ago from Templeton, CA

      Thanks for posting this. I heard people on myLot discussing this tree and so I googled for a site with pictures. I was surprised to find that led me back here to HubPages to get my information. Great job!

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      brittney leary 6 years ago

      i love this tree it is so beautiful i want one and want to know how to get one if i can? if anybody knows please email me at

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      kalinda 6 years ago

      Does any 1 know how many meters the jacarada have to be away from the house so that the roots of the tree wont damage the house?

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      brian & janet redshaw 6 years ago

      our first encounter with the jacarada tree was when we visited relatives in Australia during October 1995. the display was breath taking, since that time i have been trying to find a centre who supplies small trees in the North West of England, if anybody has any suggestion please post. lets hope the reply sooner than the last posting 2 years ago

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      ditzy 7 years ago

      What does the seed look like. I have some pdos from a Jacaranda tree from 3-4 years ago and have kept it that long in my refrigerator. Would the seeds inside that look very light and fragile still be good to plant. I have put a few between wet paper towels to see what happens.

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      Photography7777 7 years ago from FL

      What an amazing and gorgeous tree, just like the Poinciana tree.

      Great hub you wrote.

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      jacaranda  7 years ago

      i like the tree because is my name and is beautiful.

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      Bruce 7 years ago

      Annette far as I'm aware Jacaranda root systems are moderately aggressive. I'd recommend at least 2-3m clearance to a retaining wall, particualarly if the tree is on the high side of the wall.

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      Trish Scully 7 years ago

      When should I plant my new Jacaranda trees..I live in Australia´s Hunter Valley NSW....??? Thank

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      Maureen 7 years ago

      My young Jacaranda is growing here in Melbourne Australia but it has been attacked by a pest of some sort which is stripping the delicate foliage. I don't know what to treat it wih.

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      Jonathan Wellington 7 years ago

      These trees make beautiful musical instruments. Their abundance makes them a viable source to fell as a substitute for Dalbergia Nigra species.

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      celebrity  7 years ago

      I live in Arizona and we have two Jacaranda trees. ( the J is pronounced like an H ) They are beautiful and the litter they

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      JPale 7 years ago

      I live in Arizona and we have two Jacaranda trees. ( the J is pronounced like an H ) They are beautiful and the litter they create is minimal in relation to the beauty they possess.

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      yasmin 7 years ago

      jacaranda flowers in islamabad(pakistan) area in the month of April-May.It is planted mainly as a street tree, the avenues which are lined with jacaranda are spectacular durign spring. your photos of jacaranda are simply beautiful,loved them.

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      Olivia 8 years ago

      I had never heard of jacaranda trees until my husband and I went to South Africa. I couldn't believe how beautiful they are! We don't have anything like that in north-western New Mexico.

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      gramarye 8 years ago from Adelaide - Australia

      Thanks. On second look, I noticed the opera house in one background. They really are pretty trees.

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      MM Del Rosario 8 years ago from NSW, Australia

      The first two pictures were taken in St Marys NSW and the third one, that is in Sydney Townhall and the others are in Darling Harbour.

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      gramarye 8 years ago from Adelaide - Australia

      Hey, I love Jacaranda trees! Did you take these photos, if so, where/what city? Something about the backgrounds looks familiar to me.

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      Johan 8 years ago

      I grew up in Pretoria and Johannesburg where the streets are lined with thousands of awesome Jacarandas. SO much so that I thought they were native of that area. Thanks for the info!

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      renee 8 years ago

      I'm putting one of these in my yard and I want to keep it on the smallest size it will grow. How do I train it to grow smaller rather then bigger? Posssible cut the longest stem in the middle????

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      sbeakr 8 years ago

      Oh oh oh these are exquisite! I love 'finding' new trees I didn't know about...thank you for this lovely hub.

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      jasmine 8 years ago

      i am doing a project and i cant find the information on the jacaranda tree i have to do it on all sorts of plants

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      John Sanders 8 years ago

      Jacaranda"s Does this tree or will this tree grow and do well in northern FL.

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      mikulszoo 8 years ago

      Does anyone know how to tell the age of a Jacaranda or what their life span is?  We have been in our home for 26 years, the tree was here and full grown when we moved in. It is about 60 feet tall and has a trunk about 76 inches in diameter. Still flowers beatuifully and is gorgeous.    thanks

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      Avan du Plessis  8 years ago

      I have to do a school profect on the Jacaranda, but I can't find info of its life circle, anyone who knowes anything about it, please comment on this or leave a message on facebook for me. Thnx.

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      marylu 8 years ago

      I have a jacaranda and it has not bloomed, it is 5 years old. It is in full sun.

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      patti 9 years ago

      I absolutly love this tree. I was raised in San Diego with my G.Grandmother. In our front yard was the beautiful Jacaranda. I was very intriged by this tree. I know it started my life long study of healing herbs, plants, flowers etc... people would stop their cars, take, pictures, ask questions, and ask for a pod...

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      I have a beautiful zacranda tree that has never is 5 years old. It is in full sun...the tree itself is beautiful but NO blooms...any ideas on the problem>>>>>

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      Heather 9 years ago

      Hey, I love your blog! My husband's site has a lot of information on flowering trees. You'll like it... check it out at

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      Becky 9 years ago

      Question: My baby Jacaranda (houseplant) is starting new limbs but has a thick looking crusty appearance coming on. It doesn't seem to be insects to the touch but was wondering if this is a natural occurance? Anyone?

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      4Spotmore 9 years ago

      Very informative, your phographs are excellent.

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      ron s 9 years ago

      is there a chemical that can be added to make the flowers stay on the tree longer especially areas

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      Cat 9 years ago

      Thanks for the beautiful photos! I used to live in southern CA and we had Jacaranda's there but I don't believe I've ever seen one this size or this beautiful! Thank you!

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      Maria C 9 years ago from Philippines

      I didn't realize it's so beautiful! I've only read about jacarandas referred to in pocketbooks.

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      zylla3philippines 9 years ago from Anaheim, CA

      I look forward when these purple trees line our streets...they are now in bloom here in California. Not sure if they're the same kind. Simply beautiful! You don't want to park your car though under its shade.

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      Karen Ellis 9 years ago from Central Oregon

      Wow, what beautiful trees.

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      William F Torpey 9 years ago from South Valley Stream, N.Y.

      I've been curious about Jacaranda trees ever since I made the rounds at Jacaranda Golf Club in Plantation, Florida, a couple of decades ago. They are beautiful trees, and the name itself has a nice ring to it. Thanks for a great hub and the pretty pictures.

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      Dr.S.P.PADMA PRASAD 9 years ago from Tumkur

      Many such beautifully flowering trees are there, but Jacaranda's speciality lies perhaps in having a celebration of its flowering.Good photoes.Nice!

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      Merle Ann Johnson 9 years ago from NW in the land of the Free

      Wow how wonderful and pretty...We have trees here that are all pink like that and is so nice lined up in rows along the streets..When the blossoms drop it looks like pink snow on the ground..Thanks for a great Hub G-Ma :o) hugs

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      Constant Walker 9 years ago from Springfield, Oregon

      Wow. What an incredible looking tree! Great hub.

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      MM Del Rosario 9 years ago from NSW, Australia

      Hi Eileen, yes, that is one problem, and if the tree is near your pool, that will be a big problem. Nice of you to drop by.....MM

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      Eileen Hughes 9 years ago from Northam Western Australia

      Beautiful blooms of Jacaranda trees and great pics. I love to see these in full bloom as long as they in someone elses yard. They really make a mess to clean up in your own home. Great hub

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      solarshingles 9 years ago from london

      Simply beautiful. It seems, that Jacaranda tree really connects the community and brings much more good that only by watching this amazing beauty. Jacaranda festival is also a very great and well organized event.