Its fern-like foliage provides light, dappled shade, perfect for patios. The trumpet-shaped flowers emerge in clusters of lavender, violet, purple, or white. Jacaranda blooms during the spring and summer, usually around May but sometimes as early as April or as late as August.
Jacaranda is a native of South America. Although it is non-native it is not considered a problem species here in Florida. It prefers full sun and sandy soil with good drainage. Once established, jacaranda is very drought tolerant, but not salt tolerant.
Its flowers are sparser, but it blooms for a longer portion of the spring and summer. Adding a tree to your landscape is a decision that requires careful consideration. Choose a site with plenty of space for growing roots and enough vertical clearance for the mature tree. The light canopy of jacaranda provides dappled shade. Plant jacaranda in sandy soil and full sun. Young trees will grow quickly and can tolerate light shade. Seedlings take a number of years to bloom. Choose grafted trees or rooted cuttings if you'd prefer not to wait for the tree to mature.
Jacaranda's dappled shade and arching branches make it a perfect canopy for patios and streets. It is deciduous, however, meaning it drops both leaves and flowers yearly. June Wallace, the last owner of Meroogal, asked her aunt Helen Macgregor, who lived in the house at the time, to have the painting done as a memento while June lived overseas in the 50s and 60s. Long, who moved to Nowra in , lived diagonally across the road, and he and his family were good friends with the Macgregors.
Long died in I was delighted to learn from horticulturist Stuart Macpherson that this is measurable: spring travels at about 3. In Sydney, the sharp-eyed may have noticed the first blooms emerging from the bare branches of the trees along Oxford Street at the beginning of October. The last Sydney Living Museums jacarandas to flower are at our southernmost property, Meroogal , in Nowra. The Meroogal women planted the original jacaranda in This year it celebrates its th birthday.
In turn, seedlings from this tree were distributed all over Nowra. Two of them have grown up to flank the original, whose electric-blue blossoms were once such a novelty that going to see the jacaranda at Meroogal was a favourite afternoon walk.
A school group beneath the jacaranda in the courtyard at Vaucluse House. Late in jacaranda season comes the moment Delia Falconer describes in her biography of Sydney, when the number of fallen petals match those still suspended on the tree. Everyone has a jacaranda story, a favourite tree they return to year after year. As Falconer notes, this annual event in the life of the city is the closest thing we have to hanami , the Japanese tradition of viewing cherry blossom.
Skip to main content. Search Search. Jacarandas at Meroogal. A canopy of jacaranda at Meroogal. The dream tree: Jacaranda, Sydney icon. Share this page on Twitter Share this page on Facebook Email this page. November in Sydney is jacaranda season. As the trees flower from Paddington to Lavender Bay and beyond, the light seems to change, become bluer — at once softer and more hard-edged. Seen from the harbour or the land, no other blossoming has quite so transformative an effect on the city.
Jacaranda blossom against a blue sky. Photo: Sphinxes at foot of flight of stairs, Clarens, , by Laura Praeger.
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Deciduous or evergreen tree, m tall. Its main distinguishing feature is its spectacular lavender blue blooms which has led to its popularity as an. Every November, jacarandas rain a shower of purple on Sydney's streets. This gorgeous flowering tree has such a firm hold on the city and its imagination. Jacaranda definition, any of various tropical trees belonging to the genus Jacaranda, of the catalpa family, having showy clusters of usually purplish.