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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 5 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 5 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 5 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 5 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 5 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 5 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 5 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 5 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 5 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 6 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 6 years ago from FL

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

      Great hub you wrote.

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      jacaranda  6 years ago

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

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      Bruce 6 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 6 years ago

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

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      Maureen 6 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 6 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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