Common name: Blue Flamboyant
Height at maturity: up to 10 meters
Plant type: ornamental tree
Flower color: lavender blue
Soil type: rich, moist and well-drained
Watering: normal, without excess
Use: isolated, bonsai
Diseases and pests: spider mites, whiteflies
Toxicity: not determined
Storage of seeds: 1 year in a dry place away from light at 3/4°C (refrigerator)
Jacaranda mimosifolia, the flamboyant blue, also simply called jacaranda, is a tree with finely cut and deciduous foliage. It can measure up to 10 meters, and it is native to Madagascar. Its lavender-blue flowering has earned it the name of flamboyant blue.
The blue flamboyant is an ornamental tree, commonly grown in the subtropics. However, it will be able to withstand a few degrees of frost. An adult tree will withstand brief frosts of around -5°C. A younger plant will have a more modest cold resistance of about -2°C.
The foliage of the jacaranda is deciduous, bipinnate, and finely cut, which gives the tree a graceful habit. The fruit of the jacaranda is a flattened pod that can measure up to about 7 cm in diameter and is yellowish brown in color.
This jacaranda is quite tolerant of various soil types. On the other hand, it does not like soils with high salinity, it prefers draining and fairly rich soils. Be careful, its superficial and spreading root system makes other plantations under its crown difficult. In the greenhouse, Jacaranda can be attacked by whiteflies and spider mites.