Big Jacaranda blue tree (jacaranda mimosifolia) tropical exotic tree 2’-3’ feet tall
One of the world’s brightest trees! Spring and summer is the season for the most jacaranda show of blue purple flowers you will ever see on a large tropical tree. It’s almost as if the tree is glowing with lights due to the bright vivid color of the blooms.
It is one of the most colorful trees in the world and for its bright green foliage it can reach up to 12 m. In Tropical America it is considered an exotic ornamental species, so it has a wide distribution. Its natural habitat is dry deciduous forests. Its use by humans is wide and depends on the culture of the country in which it is located. This tree reaches an average height of about 8 meters, although it can reach 12 or 15 m. Its foliage is dense and widespread.
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Well Worth Growing – Jacaranda is a sub-tropical tree native to South America that has been widely planted elsewhere because of its beautiful clusters of long lasting, lavender-blue, lightly fragrant, trumpet-shaped flowers. Jacarandas are very widely grown as ornamental trees in Australia.
TROPICAL TREE CARE
Tropical trees grow happily while flowering in a pot or in-ground. They will add a showy accent to your outdoor space, garden or patio. In cooler zones a containerized tree can be relocated indoors for the winter months.
When you receive your new tree, there is no need to worry about planting right away. Your new plant can be stored for a while by simply placing it in a bucket with about a half inch of water and moving it to a shady location, simply keep moist. This will give you plenty of time to select the ideal location for your new tropical tree.
All tropical tree varieties grow well in containers, indoors or on the patio. Smaller varieties grow best in 12″ to 16″ diameter pots while larger varieties need enough room for growth, generally a 16″ to 30″ diameter, 14 ” deep container will suffice. Remember the looser the roots, the taller and healthier your tree will be. When the tree becomes root bound its growth will slow, at that point it is time for a larger pot.
Flamboyant Royal Poinciana Trees enjoy a well drained, general potting mix easily found at your local box store. Remember try to stay away from arid or wet, mucky soils.
To help establish your new Flamboyant Royal Poinciana Tree, fertilize sparingly ten inches away from the base, tri-annually with a slow time released product. Unfertilized they will tend to grow at a slower pace. Note: The heavy salts in cheaper fertilizers will damage the roots and possibly kill the plant. Its best to use a brand you know and trust.
GROW ZONE & LIGHT
Best outdoors if grown in zone 10a-11, find your zone here. This tree requires 80-100% sunlight. Depending on your location full sun is often best. In the northern end of their grow zone Flamboyant Royal Poinciana Trees should be brought indoors or protected during the winter months. The patio zone is 4b-11 which means the potted tree will flourish over the summer months in colder zones but must be brought inside before winter.
BEFORE YOU PLANT OUTDOORS
At the nursery these trees are grown under 20-40% shade cloth. If you plant this tree in a brightly lit area you may experience leaf burn. It is best to acclimate this plant to its environment by keeping it outside and slowly moving it into a sunny area over a week or two to avoid stress before planting.
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