16 responses to “Jacaranda mimosifolia”

  1. Manuela D.L. Ramos

    So this place is becoming a meeting point for friends… Very nice 😉
    Please have a look at our oldest jacaranda tree (over one hundred years) in Porto http://dias-com-arvores.blogspot.com/2006/06/jacarand-do-viriato.html
    Best regards from Portugal

  2. Big Al

    There are Jacarandas in LA, according to Raymond Chandler, via Phillip Marlowe.

  3. Anna Hurlbutt

    It is a shame that you had to show a tree that has been pruned inproperly. All the ends of these branches appear to have been tipped (cut off). This is causing unnatural growth on the ends and this doesn’t look like any jacaranda tree that I’ve seen in So. CA, unless it was pruned improperly. Would you accept a photo from me, just a gardner, but know my trees?

  4. Randy

    I’m in Eugene OR now, but I first found jacarandas in FL where they are very popular. I was surprised to find them here too, but should not have been. They are very beautiful when blooming but we affectionately nick named them “dirty jacaranda” for the mess their flowers make on the sidewalk afterwords. It is sad they can be a pest, but that is very common when you grow plants far from their native home.
    PS Love this site! Thank you for all your work.

  5. Bill Hooker

    Where’d you hear that jacarandas are considered an invasive species in Queensland? I used to live in Brisbane and in Rockhampton, and I never heard that. Jacarandas are very popular in Brisbane in particular — in November, the view from the local lookout is covered in patches of pale purple/blue. They are all over the university and hospital campuses as well as parks, streets and private gardens, and are one of the things I miss most about the place.

  6. Daniel Mosquin

    Anna, anyone is free to submit photographs. There is no such thing as “just a gardener”.
    Bill – see the linked Wikipedia article or this entry on Jacaranda mimosifolia from Pacific Island Ecosystems at Risk.

  7. Elizabeth

    *Sigh*
    I first fell in love with the Jacaranda momisifolia in Australias Sydney Botanical Gardens… Flying in I was astounded… Why is there so much purple? Trees? What are they???
    They were everywhere and the next day, into the botanical garden i went.I beheld this same purple tree and read it’s name. Still in awe, i climbed the hill beside this tree so that I was eye level with the blooms and sat to drink in and reflect on the beauty before me. I wrote:
    Jacaranda Mimosifolia
    Of all the blues
    And stunning hues
    This bright purple
    Is enchanting.
    Of another world perhaps
    For it’s existance contrasts
    The dreary peoples
    Powerlessness they feel.
    Oh! To draw on these blooms
    On a completely full moon
    Like a hummingbird,
    A butterfly, a bee…
    To taste the etheral essence
    Might be the key
    To a world
    Where trees can be
    As powerful,
    As colourful,
    As grand,
    As creatively hune
    As this masterpiece before me.
    A truely beautiful presence in spring!
    Peace!

  8. Lorna

    What a stunning photograph! I had no idea until today that jacaranda trees had blue blossoms, but came here to check that out after seeing a painting of j. trees. I’ve been wondering whether the artist had taken any license with colour and am thrilled to learn she hadn’t.
    Now, can anybody tell me if it is possible to grow them in southern Canada???

  9. scot

    Bill Hooker; As a recent immigrant to Brisbane from Sydney I have to agree with you that the Jacaranda is a popular tree – many streetscapes are adorned with them. However, they do possess a tendency to infest natural areas and the arborist that came to tend our back yard garden the other day did not hold jacarandas in high opinion.

  10. Nancy Kelly

    We planted a baby jacaranda in our Florida garden about 6 years ago. Two years ago it was completely blown over and laid flat by a hurricane but we were able to right it after pruning it quite severely. For the past two years it has been supported, and it is now fully stabalized and doing wonderfully, about 20 feet high with luxurious leaf growth. BUT it has not bloomed. I haven’t been able to find any information on when (age) it should start to bloom or suggestions for supplements to help it. We are anxious to enjoy its beautiful purple blooms. Can anyone be of assistance? Thank you.

  11. Daniel Mosquin

    Nancy, that is perhaps a better question for the UBC Botanical Garden Forums. I’m not expert enough to answer horticultural questions.

  12. Kay Stewart

    Nancy Kelly, did you ever get an answer to your question about when the jacaranda tree will start to bloom, whether age or size? I just bought a baby one. I’d like to know the same thing. Thank you, Kay.

  13. Daniel Mosquin

    Kay, you can click on the link to the forums and then search for jacaranda using the search button in the green navigation bar. I don’t recall Nancy asking the question there, though.

  14. Kathryn Sue Warren

    I live in the Phoenix, Arizona area. My 8 year old jacaranda doesn’t bloom very well. What can I do to encourage blooming? A special fertilizer? Water infrequently? What am I doing wrong?

  15. Daniel Mosquin

    Kathryn, see my reply to Nancy above.

  16. Lorraine

    I believe that we saw these beauties in Palm Desert on a recent trip. It was early May and they were in full bloom. Was wondering if I could possibly grow one in B.C. Has anyone tried? They are a feast for the eyes.

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