Jacaranda - - Semi-mature and mature Jacaranda mimosifolia

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Jacaranda mimosifolia - Jacaranda

 

Family:

Bignoniaceae

Origins:

Brazil

Plant Type:

Deciduous tree

Size:

12 - 15m x 12 - 15m

Habit/ Form:

Usually single trunked with a broad dome of curving branches and a twiggy canopy.

Leaves:

Opposite, bipinnate, (300 - 400mm long) leaflets lanceolate / elliptic, (10 - 15mm x 3 - 4mm) bright green, turning yellow in late winter and early spring, before falling in mid spring. The leaves reappear in early summer. A variegated foliage form with light green margins is known but not common.

Flowers:

Campanulate with five lobes at the mouth, (40 - 50mm long) hyacinth blue, faintly perfumed, in 200mm long terminal clusters (panicles). Main flowering mid spring to early summer.

Fruit:

A brown disc shaped follicle, 50 - 60mm across.

Bark / Trunk:

Rough pale grey bark, with many small fissures.

Vigour / Longevity:

Vigorous, long lived

Environmental Requirements:

Full sun, with wind protection.

Hardiness:

Mild drought tolerance, tolerates neglect once established. Frost tender when young then hardy to -3°C.

Soil / Drainage:

Prefers fertile, well drained, moist soils, hardy to most soils if drainage is at least moderate.

Pruning:

Train to a single leader, if a branch needs to be removed, it should be cut back to a side branch or removed completely. If any upright regrowth occurs from the cut area, it should be removed or it will develop into an unsightly upright sucker, ruining th

Watering:

Water during very dry periods, short periods of drought can improve flowering.

Fertilising:

Fertilise with a complete fertiliser after flowering till established.

Pests / Diseases:

Uses:

Flowering shade tree, street tree, tropical effect tree, colour contrast tree, has been used for flower colour contrast with Brachychiton acerifolius, Calodendrum capense and Grevillea robusta. This tree has a vigorous root system, do not plant near pipes, paths, etc.

 

 

© Text reproduced here with the kind permission of Tony Wilson and Barck Books.

 

 

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