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Things You May Not Know About The Jacaranda Tree

Things You May Not Know About The Jacaranda Tree

The dreamy haze of purple-blue lined streets.

Fallen flowers that make a beautiful carpet of blue.

Who doesn’t leave the beautiful jacaranda tree?

With Spring upon us, we thought we’d compile some facts about our favourite jacaranda tree!

Jacarandas are not native to Australia
Jacarandas, also known as, jacaranda mimosifolia have been steadily growing in Australia for over 150 years, but despite this, are not native to Australia. Originally from parts of Central and South America, jacaranda seeds were thought to be brought along with sea captains sailing from South America, with Sir James Martin possibly planting the first jacaranda tree.

They grow tall and wide
If you’re thinking about growing jacaranda trees, you’re going to need lots of space for them to thrive and flourish. Expect adult trees to grow at least 10-15m high and wide in optimum conditions, making them possibly not the best choice for a small backyard or either as a fence-side planting – your neighbours won’t be impressed!

Jacarandas have a vigorous root system
You’ll have to be careful where you plant your jacaranda tree. While also considering space, be careful not to plant it near drains, pipes, water lines and paths, as they have a vigorous root system and can cause fungal problems if dug or mowed out. Another common mistake people make is planting their jacaranda near a swimming pool; the fallen leaves rapidly clog up the filter and you will curse yourself for creating so much maintenance!

Baby jacarandas hate the cold
For the first two years of growth, you’re going to need to carefully look after your jacaranda plants as they’re quite susceptible to the cold and frost sensitive. After this period, they should be fine to grow and adapt to the Australian climate.

The average lifespan of a jacaranda tree is 50 years old
They can obviously grow a lot longer with some lasting well up to 200 years old. They reach maturity in about 20 years and are capable of re-growth if damaged from fresh falling seeds.

Pruning can be difficult
Pruning can be difficult as jacarandas react by sending out clusters of strong, vertical shoots which can detract from their appearance. Once you’ve started pruning a jacaranda tree, you will have to persist in cutting off the vertical shoots, so it’s best to leave it once it matures (formative pruning of young jacarandas are typically carried out in nurseries).

For more on growing jacaranda trees or helpful garden maintenance tipsspeak to a member of our friendly Landart team today!

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