Jacaranda mimosifolia


A favourite avenue and garden tree known for its stunning lilac-blue flowers.

Features: Showy displays of purple-blue flowers in late spring. Delicate fern-like foliage.
Applications: Street and avenue plantings. Parks and gardens.
Description The late spring flowering of the Jacaranda tree is particularly striking. Southern metropolitan suburbs with extensive plantings of the tree like Applecross and Booragoon have become quite synonymous with the annual lilac-blue showers that transform their streets. The tree offers a somewhat light shade, losing its green fern-like foliage in winter so that the spring flowers appear first, followed by new leaves. The Jacaranda matures into an elegant medium-sized tree with a high, open canopy which makes it ideal for avenue plantings, of which many splendid suburban examples exist. Yet its moderate size means its use is not restricted to avenues or large parks - many are seen in suburban gardens as iconic specimen trees.
Availability: Champion Lakes : 45L
Mature height: 10-15
Mature spread: 7-10
Canopy: Rounded, light and spreading canopy. Light to moderately dense shade (seasonal).
Growth rate: Moderate
Cautions: Shape while young. Pruning of mature trees should be avoided where possible as the tree can respond with numerous, unsightly, vertical shoots.
Tolerances: Tolerates light frost
Sun demands: Prefers good sun
Soil demands: Prefers moist, fertile, well drained soil. Mildly acidic to mildly alkaline.
Water demands: Low-Moderate
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Native or Exotic: Exotic
Leaf habit: Deciduous
Family: Bignoniaceae
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Additional references and recommended reading:

Boland, D. J. et al (2006) "Forest Trees of Australia" 5th Edition, Australia: CSIRO Publishing.

Gilman, Edward F. (1997) "Trees for Urban and Suburban Landscapes", Florida: Delmar Cengage Learning.

Lorenz von Ehren "Von Ehren Manual" 2nd Edition, Hamburg.

Rushforth, K. (2001) "Easy Tree Guide, Britain and Europe", London: Aurum Press.

Urban Forests Ecosystems Institute, "SelecTree - A Tree Selection Guide" retrieved from http://selectree.calpoly.edu/treelist.lasso 2009.

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