The jacaranda tree is a tropical beauty with its clusters of fragrant purple trumpet-shaped blooms. It is a deciduous tree that grows 25-50’ tall in its native habitat. In tropical and subtropical climates, it puts on a spectacular flowering display in spring to summer wherein blue-purple flowers cover the tree with bloom, forming pools of blue on the ground as they fall. Flowers (to 2” long) appear in 12-inch terminal panicles in spring and early summer. Flowers give way to flattened 2-inch capsules, each containing numerous winged seeds. The foliage of jacaranda consists of large bipinnate compound fern-like leaves (to 18” long) with tiny 1/2-inch leaflets. It is sometimes called fern tree for its fine-textured, feathery leaves. The tree can be either semi-evergreen or deciduous, depending on the climate. Most of the blooming occurs in late spring to early summer, but in warmer areas, the tree can flower at any time. It is native to Argentina and Bolivia. In the right climate, it makes an excellent shade or street tree.
Seeds are Stored in a Refrigerator to Maintain Viability
- The seeds like moist, well-drained soil. Prepare a mixture of half potting soil and half sand, perlite or vermiculite. Put the soil in a pot. Water the mixture so that it is moist but not wet.
- Put the seeds on the soil.
- Cover the seeds with a thin layer of soil.
- Water the seeds.
- Place the pots in an area with warm temperatures in full sun or part shade. The seeds take 2-6 weeks to germinate.
- When the seedlings are a few inches tall, they can be transplanted.