The Jacaranda mimosifolia plant is a beautiful tree that is native to tropical regions of South America. It now grows wildly in warmer US states such as Hawaii, Nevada, California, Texas, and Florida; and in coastal Mediterranean regions of Spain in Europe.
In Australia and South Africa it is considered to be an invasive species so please grow this plant responsibly.
It is a tall wide growing tree, making it good to use if you need to bring shade to the garden, It lets enough light through for grass to grow fine beneath it.
Although it is a tropical plant and seldom blooms when grown outside these areas it is often grown in other areas (usually under glass) for its attractive fern-like foliage.
Best Light Conditions: Full sun (or under bright light if grown under glass). Performs best in hot humid areas.
Suitable Soil Types:Well drained. Slightly sandy.
Suitable Soil pH: Most soils, but prefers neutral or a slightly acidic soil.
Soil Soil Moisture: Medium, but water deeply. Container grown plants should be allowed to dry completely between watering.
Sowing, planting, and Propagation:Sow winged seeds that have been picked from trees once fruit has dried. Take cuttings in early summer (Semi-ripe), insert into pot containing cutting compost, keep in a greenhouse at 0–24°C (68–75°F).
Care: Frost tender, copes better once established. prune young trees to one main trunk. trim off dead and broken branches, do not remove fresh growth. Low maintenance to look after, but a lot of work to clean up the ground below them following flower drop. Indoor plants susceptible to aphids and whitefly. Large surface roots. Affected by trunk scald. Repot container grown Jacaranda into a bigger pot every year using fresh compost. Provide container plants with a fortnightly liquid feed in the summer.
Best used for: Flowering tree. Arched branches make it an ideal canopy plant. Bringing shade to the garden. Short term container plant.
Closely Related Species:
Miscellaneous: Seed pods are attractive and are often dried and used for decorative purposes. Size means that they do not make good house plants.
Further Reading and References used for this Jacaranda mimosifolia growing Guide:RHS; Wikipedia