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Last Update 06/03/08

Plant of the Month

Jacaranda mimosifolia

 Jacaranda

Jacaranda is a spring to early summer bloomer that puts on a massive purple-blue floral display that cannot be missed. The ferny leaves are reminiscent of those of the mimosa, thus its botanical name. The plant is native to Bolivia and Argentina.

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Jacaranda mimosifolia

Plant Facts:

Common Name:   Jacaranda

Botanical Name:   Jacaranda mimosifolia

Family: Bignoniaceae 

Plant Type:  Deciduous in winter

Origin: Bolivia, Argentina

Zones: 10 - 11

Height:  45 - 60'

Rate of Growth: Fast

Salt Tolerance: Low

Soil Requirements:  Sandy, well drained, moderately fertile soil

Water Requirements: Medium drought tolerance

Nutritional Requirements: Balanced liquid fertilizer monthly

Light Requirements: Full sun

Form:  Spreading tree

Leaves:  Bright green, bipinnate and compound to 20" long

Flowers: Pure blue to lavender blue with white throats. White flowered variety 'Alba' available

Fruits: Mahogany colored, 2" wide, flat woody pods

Pests or diseases:  Thornbugs, crown gall, mushroom root rot, and leaf spots

Uses:  Specimen plant, Shade tree

Bad Habits: Flowers attract many bees and butterflies

Cost:  $$ -- Very reasonable

Propagation:  Seeds, allow to soak overnight before planting, root semi-ripe cuttings in summer

Sources:  Tropical Look: An Encyclopedia of Dramatic Landscape Plants;Flowering Trees of FloridaAmerican Horticultural Society A-Z Encyclopedia of Garden Plants

 
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