What else could I feature this week but the beautiful Jacaranda tree aka Jacaranda mimosifolia.  I’m always amazed when I hear complaints about this tree being so messy but there’s a trade-off, and this one is definitely worth the hassle of sticky flowers.

Jacaranda trees grow well in USDA Zones 9-11. They prefer enriched sandy, well-drained soils but are tolerant of most soil types. This tree will tolerate some shade, but prefers bright, sunny conditions for a more productive bloom. Once the tree is established it is fairly drought-tolerant.  Jacaranda trees are native to Central America, South America, Cuba, Hispaniola and the Bahamas. We have Kate Sessions to thank for these beautiful trees.  She is credited with introducing them to San Diego.

There is something magical about a carpet of purple/lavender flowers freshly fallen.  I also love coming back to Coronado and seeing the faint spots of purple color visible when you come over the bridge from San Diego.

Here are some info links:

San Diego Zoo
San Diego Botanic Garden
University of California Cooperative Extension
Missouri Botanical Garden