The Q&A Archives: Jacaranda Tree

Question: I would like to have a Jacaranda tree with the bluish purple flowers on it. The nurseries in our area do not carry this tree and don't seem to know much about it. Can I grow one in this area of California?

Answer: Jacaranda acutifolia is the lavender-blue flowering cultivar, growing 25'-40' tall and 15'-30' wide. It has an open, multitrunked or shrubby habit, and finely cut, ferlike leaves. It's a hardy plant, to 25F degrees, so should grow well in your area. Jacaranda is truly a spectacular tree. Plant it in full sunshine and supply one-inch of water per week to help it become established. Once established it won't require much water - just a thorough soaking once or twice during the hottest summer months. You should be able to find a tree through Pacific Tree Farms, 4301 Lynwood Dr., Chula Vista, CA 91910 phone (619) 422-2400.

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