Tropical to subtropical climates
Pests & Problems:
Specific Watering Instructions
Plant in well drained, sandy soil
The Jacaranda is a genus of 49 species of flowering plants in the Family Bignoniaceae, native to tropical and sub-tropical regions of South and Central America, Mexico, and the Caribbean, and subsequently because of the rich bloom and popularity, anywhere it will live. The tree can withstand a short drop in temperature as low as 20 F. The species are shrubs to large trees. The flowers produce in conspicuous large panicles five cm long, each flower with a 5-lobed blue to purple corolla. The seedpod is an oblong to oval flattened capsule containing winged seeds pressed inside what look like two ½ inch pieces of waxed paper. The leaves are large and separated into tiny sections, and as a whole, look like finely cut ferns, shaped like a foxglove
The blue Jacaranda, Mimosifolia, is the tree most planted in San Miguel and typically blooms for 6 weeks, March – April. The tree is light and airy as opposed to a dense foliated tree. In SMA it usually looses its leaves in December and January and starts budding in late February. Delay watering until the bloom is finished (watering during bloom will usually stop the bloom). The roots have a shallow, spreading system and need deep watering to encourage the roots to seek a deeper level. Egyptian carpenters prefer the wood of the Jacaranda to make pianos. They consider the wood to produce a silky looking finish.