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Jacaranda Tree Not Blooming: Tips On Making A Jacaranda Bloom

The jacaranda tree, Jacaranda mimosifolia, produces attractive purple-blue flowers that form a lovely carpet when they fall to the ground. When these trees bloom abundantly, they are truly magnificent. Many gardeners plant jacarandas in hopes of seeing them in flower every year. However, jacarandas can be fickle trees, and making a jacaranda bloom can be a challenge. Even a tree that has bloomed abundantly in past years may fail to bloom. If you are wondering how to get a jacaranda to bloom, this article will tell you what you need to know.

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If your jacaranda tree fails to bloom, check these factors and adjust accordingly:

Age: Depending on how they are grown, jacarandas may bloom for the first time between two and fourteen years after planting. Grafted trees tend to produce their first blooms on the earlier side of this range, while trees grown from seed can take much longer. If your tree is younger than this, patience may be all that is necessary.

Soil fertility: Jacarandas are believed to flower best when they are grown in poor soil. Excessive nitrogen may be the culprit when you have jacaranda flower problems. Nitrogen tends to promote growth of foliage, not flowers, and many plants, including jacaranda species, will fail to bloom or bloom poorly if they are given too much nitrogen fertilizer. Even fertilizer runoff from a nearby lawn can suppress flowering.

Sunlight and temperature: Ideal jacaranda flowering conditions include full sun and warm weather. Jacarandas won’t flower well if they receive fewer than six hours of sunlight each day. They also won’t bloom in excessively cool climates, although the trees might appear to be healthy.

Moisture: Jacarandas tend to produce more flowers during droughts, and they do better in sandy, well-draining soil. Be sure not to overwater your jacaranda.

Wind: Some gardeners believe that salty ocean breezes can harm a jacaranda and suppress flowering. Protecting your jacaranda or planting it in a spot where it won’t be exposed to wind could help it flower.

Despite all this, sometimes no cause can be found for a jacaranda that refuses to bloom. Some gardeners swear by more unusual strategies to coax these trees into bloom, such as hitting the trunk with a stick each year. If yours doesn’t seem to respond no matter what you do, don’t worry. It might decide, for reasons of its own, that next year is the right time to flower.

Jacarandas in Brisbane | When & where to find them this year

Purple Spring Blooms – A photographic guide to Brisbane’s Jacarandas

As Brisbane wakes from its wintery slumber, the hills, parks and water-front blossom into a burst of spring colour. When and where can you find Jacarandas in Brisbane this year?Jacaranda season is soon approaching, with Brisbane showing off some of the best blooms in Australia. Whilst Jacarandas are not native to Australia—they originate from Brazil—these beautiful trees are now a staple city landscaping plant and are dotted around Brisbane and its outskirts. Showering the footpaths and grass with a stunning violet veil, Jacarandas provide an amazing backdrop for your spring photo shoots—what could be more stunning for a family portrait than a crisp spring morning with the purple hue of a Jacaranda?

When do Jacaranda trees flower in Brisbane?

Jacarandas usually blossom around October in Brisbane; however the flowering season has become earlier in the past two decades. Some speculate that this is due to global warming, with hot weather and an earlier rain season definitely having an impact on when the magnificent trees bloom. Generally speaking, you will see some flowers from September onwards; however, if you are booking a professional photography session or needing to make concrete plans, then October is a much safer date to choose for denser flowering on the trees and a lovely purple blanket of fallen blossoms on the grass for your photos.

Where to find Jacarandas in Brisbane

Brisbane Kids has found the best spots in and around Brisbane for special photos with your families this spring.

Jacarandas in Brisbane’s City Botanic Gardens

Brisbane City Botanic Gardens is the site of Australia’s first grown Jacaranda tree (planted in 1864). Made famous by the historic art work ‘Under the jacaranda’ (1903), the first Jacaranda grew proud and beautiful in the gardens until 1979 when it was blown over in a cyclone. Today, however, the gardens are filled with the stunning purple snow-like blooms that blanket the paths and grass; creating a stunning location for photos.

The University of Queensland’s Jacaranda trees

One of Brisbane’s most gorgeous locations, UQ has a vast array of Jacarandas, with blooms traditionally signalling the beginning of the exam season. So entrenched in the UQ culture, it is said that if a bloom falls onto your head before an exam, you will fail. Strut the stone verandas of UQ and frolic on the purple carpet under the Jacaranda trees—an awesome location for a timeless family portrait.

Flowering trees in New Farm Park

New Farm Park has arguably the best floral display of Jacaranda trees in Brisbane. The entire park is lined with a mauve canopy and provides a stunning back drop. For fun and relaxed photos, this is the place to be.

Jacarandas on the Brisbane River at Kangaroo Point

Like many suburbs in Brisbane, the Jacaranda tree has been tastefully and carefully planted along the riverside at Kangaroo Point. What an amazing scene—the river, the city and blossoming purple plumes!

Jacaranda Park in Yeronga

Quite an ordinary park for most of the year, Jacaranda Park at Yeronga bursts into a vibrant and wild display of mauve come Jacaranda season in Brisbane. It is during this time that the park shows off its true beauty with plenty of sites to take in the beauty of this spectacular tree.

Mount Coot-tha Botanic Gardens’ Jacaranda collection

Like its inner city counterpart, the Mount Coot-tha Botanic Gardens boast an outstanding array of Jacaranda trees just brimming with colour and waiting to be photographed in all their glory. This location provides a fantastic day out at one of Brisbane’s most scenic spots.

Jacarandas at Evan Marginson Park in Goodna

Goodna’s Jacaranda Festival is held annually at Evan Marginson Park; celebrating the beauty of the Jacaranda. The park bursts into an amazing display of lilac and lavender hues, drawing crowds from near and far. The celebrations kick off at the end of October with attractions that include a side show alley, food stalls, stage show with local artists and rides.

Roma Street Parkland Brisbane White Jacaranda trees

Now we all love and know the beauty of the purple jacaranda, but did you know that Jacarandas can also be white?! Yes, you can have your very own white winter flurry in Brisbane under a snowy Jacaranda! After stumbling across a white specimen in a suburban street, curator Bob Dobbs installed a lovely path of these pale blooms in Roma Street Parkland. ‘White Jacaranda Avenue’ is located by the children’s playground in the Upper Parkland.

Kangaroo Point bike paths along the river

Enjoy a family stroll along the Brisbane River, along the Kangaroo Point bike paths toward Captain Burke Park. Your journey will be inspired by the many Jacarandas that line the path and give shade and colour as you walk.

We can help you find a wonderful Brisbane Family Photographer to capture your Jacaranda photos this year. After your photo session, why not try a little Nature Play or a Brisbane Kids Scavenger Hunt Adventure?

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The Story Behind LA’s Beautiful, Ephemeral Jacaranda Blooms

Jacaranda trees in South Pasadena (Photo by David McNew/Getty Images)

This story was originally published June 9, 2016.

Jacaranda season may be brief, but for a short burst of time all of Los Angeles seems to be in purple-blue bloom.

Ordinary trees explode in a riotous violet haze. Palm Drive becomes a tunnel; North Whittier a lavender canopy. Stansbury Street is engulfed. The Santa Monica stretch of jacaranda trees from Wilshire to Colorado on 3rd is a designated city landmark, and for good reason.

Technically, there are 49 species of jacaranda trees, but it’s the Jacaranda mimosifolia, also known as the “blue jacaranda,” that is ubiquitous here. They bloom twice a year, once in spring, usually in late May or early June, and again in the fall.

“Vladimir Nabokov is said to have claimed that he could live in Los Angeles simply for the Jacaranda trees.”

Like many things intrinsic to the city, jacarandas are not actually native to Los Angeles. The trees are indigenous to South America, originally found in the tropical and subtropical regions of Argentina and Brazil.

In 1944, a scholar visiting from Chicago described “the immense clusters of violet blue flowers” in a scientific journal, explaining that an illustration of a Jacaranda mimosifolia flower on the facing page was “made from specimens collected in the environs of Los Angeles where this tree is widely grown for its beauty.”

Have you ever heard a more L.A. thing? One can only imagine what those weary midwesterners must have thought of us, we Californians, who grew things just for their beauty. Vladimir Nabokov is said to have claimed that he could have lived in Los Angeles for the jacaranda trees alone.

There were 148,530 jacaranda trees in the city, as of 2010. Mature jacaranda trees can reach 25 to 45 feet, with an oval canopy that spreads almost as wide as the tree’s height. Up close, the trumpet-shaped flowers are an inch or two long, and usually five-petaled. From afar, they are a fairytale, a free pass to a foreign land.

(Photo by Chris Eason via the Creative Commons on Flickr)

“They make a huge visual impact,” Elizabeth Skrzat said in a phone call. “They’re absolutely gorgeous, and people respond to that.”

Skrzat directs City Plants, a public-private partnership that works with the city to expand L.A.’s green canopy and plant street trees. “We get a lot of requests for ,” she said.


1822 illustration (Image via Wikimedia Commons)

According to Frank McDonough, a botanist at the Los Angeles County Arboretum, the jacaranda bloom has been especially profuse this year.

“We had an evenly cool winter,” he explained, “followed in March by warm temperatures and somewhat significant rain and then—boom—warm weather right after that, which does interesting things,” McDonough said.

“I’ve seen them since I was a kid,” he told me with a whiff of nostalgia. The botanist was born and raised here.

The fall bloom is shorter and less certain, dependent on temperatures. According to McDonough, in years with strong Santa Ana winds, which coincide with bright sunlight and “heat everything up,” the jacarandas are less likely to bloom. Surely there is some poetic symmetry to that, the trading of one element of mythic Los Angeles for another.

The exact timing of either bloom is as difficult to predict as the blossoming of any single tree. Even at the height of the spring surfeit, no two streets will flower on exactly the same schedule. “They’re like humans, and each tree has its own temperament,” a representative from the Bureau of Street Services explained over the phone one day last month.

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(Background photo by David McNew/Getty Images)

“A Southern Californian would still know that it was wonderful to be alive merely for the jacaranda,” a Los Angeles newspaper columnist wrote more than a hundred years ago. It remains true today.

So, how exactly did the jacarandas get here? Accounts of their original point of entry differ. As McDonough told me, “when exactly they came, nobody really knows.”

He posits that it’s possible they first arrived in California during the Gold Rush. Most of the schooner ships making their way west stopped in Buenos Aires, where they would have witnessed the glory of a jacaranda tree in bloom. McDonough explains that those early arrivals may have “brought seeds or clippings” with them to California. It’s also possible that freight tycoon Phineas Banning had the trees shipped in to his Wilmington estate from the Amazon in the late 1860s.

Still, in 1868, Reverend James C. Fletcher, a scholar of Brazil, would write that their lilac blossoms were rarely seen north of the equator except in “small specimen-pieces.”

All that would change in the new century. “The flowering jacaranda, which in June showers its purple blossoms on the passerby, has come as an ambassador from the Amazon to proclaim the magnificence of that court,” Lannie Haynes Martin wrote of Southern California in 1912.

By 1916, naturalist Charles Francis Sanders would write that driving Foothill Boulevard (the precursor of the 210 freeway) was “nothing short of entrancing” when “the jacaranda trees are a cloud of blue,” and by 1920, the L.A. Times would call the trees, now “not uncommon,” the “finest foliage of any used for street planting.”

And for their profusion, we have but one person to thank, a pioneering woman who was arguably the Johnny Appleseed of not just jacarandas, but a host of other iconic Southern California flora.

Her name was Kate Sessions and she spent more than 50 years importing seeds and plants into Southern California. She is credited with introducing and popularizing more than 143 species in Southern California, including our beloved bougainvillea, birds of paradise, yellow oleander, star jasmine, and, of course, jacaranda trees.


Kate Sessions (Photo via Women’s Museum of California/YouTube

Sessions was born a native Californian, a rare breed in 1857, though perhaps not as rare as a woman receiving a degree in the sciences, which she did from Berkeley in 1887. Her father and his three brothers had arrived in San Francisco at the height of Gold Rush to try their luck out west. At six, she moved across the bay to Oakland, then “a small village with lots of open space.”

It was a good place for a girl to fall in love with the natural world. As a teenager, Sessions made a hobby of collecting flowers, drying and pressing them. For her 15th birthday, her mother gave her a black leather-bound notebook for preserving her specimens. The young Sessions spelled out the word “Herbarium” carefully in leaf fragments across its cover. Today, the book resides in the San Diego Natural History Museum.

After Berkeley, Sessions worked as a teacher, then the only acceptable line of work for an educated young woman. She moved south to San Diego, and after a short tenure in the classroom, she left to do what she loved most—study and grow plants.

“Her mind,” as San Diego historian Clair Crane once said, “was blank to everything except horticulture.” Sessions discovered that here in California, under the great western sun, things could grow that would never survive back east. She sought out plants that needed little water, and began to introduce many of the tropical species that had first caught her eye when she travelled to Hawaii at 18, along with exotic plants and trees from Latin America and others parts of the world that would be suitable for the Southern California climate and landscape.

Sessions opened her San Diego nursery in 1885. Then 28, she would soon become the leading plant dealer in the area, her rise coinciding with a time of explosive growth in the region. Through her nurseries (she would own a succession of them, in Coronado, City Park, Mission Hills and Pacific Beach), Sessions wielded enormous influence over the physical character of the rapidly developing residential areas of San Diego and its environs.

As environmental historian Vera Norwood explained, families moving into the area “looked not to landscape architects as much as to the local nursery owner to help them design and plant their grounds,” and, as Norwood wrote, “hardly any homeowner landscaped her yard without the advice and plants of Kate Sessions.” But Session’s legacy, according to the San Diego History Center, is most visible through her role as “Mother of Balboa Park.” New York has Central Park, London has Hyde Park, and, thanks to Kate Sessions, San Diego has Balboa Park as its crown jewel.

Influenced by the growing parks movement across the country, San Diego had had the foresight to set aside 1,200 acres in its center for what was then called City Park, but the city lacked the resources or wherewithal to develop it. By 1889, “the large vacant tract had become something of an attractive nuisance,” with scattered trash, stray animals, and a “pest house” within its bounds.

Desperate for space to expand her growing nursery business, Sessions struck up an enterprising deal in 1892: she would take over 32 acres of land in the northwest corner of the barren mesa, and in exchange for rent, she’d plant a hundred trees a year in the park, and make an additional 300 trees available to be planted around the city. The arrangement continued for a decade, with Sessions furnishing the city with an approximate total of 4,000 trees, including many of her exotic favorites, and, to some degree, inventing Southern California as the tropical Eden we know today. As her acclaim grew, her influence rippled outward from San Diego.

As Gabe Selak, public programs manager at the San Diego Historical Society explained, “a lot of what we have today—the lush and tropical experience you have when you come to Southern California, didn’t look like that .”

At one point, a list was made of all the plants Sessions either introduced or popularized and made widely used in Southern California. It ran four pages long.

Sessions died in 1940 at 82. She reportedly requested a death bed visit from then-San Diego City Planner Glen Rick in 1940. He was in the midst of developing the 5 freeway, and she wanted to tell him what sort of things ought to be planted alongside it.

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Jacarandas, like many of the plants Sessions introduced, were soon planted across the Southland, painting streets and skies purple from San Diego to Santa Barbara. According to McDonough, the trees became truly popular in Los Angeles during the 1920s and ’30s, and their population further swelled during the middle of the century.

The 1950s and ’60s saw a concerted effort directed toward planting more street trees, alongside “the population and commensurate building boom that was occurring,” according to the Bureau of Street Services, who report that from 1946 to 1970 the street tree population in the city more than doubled from “perhaps 300,000 trees” to approximately 680,000.

According to Elizabeth Skrzat of City Plants, street trees serve a number of useful purposes, including energy efficiency (shading homes and buildings, which then require less energy to cool), stormwater capture, and a role in combating the urban heat island effect. As “moderate” water users, jacarandas do well in our climate, and they are also tall enough to provide some energy relief.

Interestingly, as Huell Howser pointed out in an episode of California’s Gold, despite their prevalence in Southern California (along with Australia, South Africa, and of course, South America), jacaranda trees are rare to be found across the rest of the U.S.

Howser dedicated one of the show’s final episodes to the trees, and the question of whether they are “mess” or “miracle.”

Though the tree’s appreciators far outweigh the detractors in number, both camps seem to harbor their opinions with an intensity. Jacaranda foes complain of the trees’ endless violet litter, left behind as their petals soil streets and sidewalks, gumming up car windshields and sneaker soles.

“People love them or hate them,” I heard over and over again in conversations with friends, botanists and bureaucrats.

Gene Sherman, in a 1960 entry of his fantastic L.A. Times column Cityside, addressed this very quandary. “We’ve been getting a lot of complaints,” he quotes Bob Talmadge, a tree inspector with the city Park Department as saying.

“People complain about the flowers. They fall down and then the kids track them into the house. And wall-to-wall carpeting being as important as it is today, you know…” Talmadge told Sherman. You know?

In the half century since Sherman’s column ran, we’ve put a man on the moon, eradicated smallpox, invented the internet and seen the Soviet Union fall. Wall-to-wall carpeting may no longer be in vogue, but some things, it seems, never change.

“A lot of people enjoy their beauty and shade, but we do get complaints in certain times of the year,” a tree surgeon with the city’s Department of Urban Forestry told me in 2016.

“When it’s flowering, people complain about the fact that they walk through them and then they walk inside the house and stain the carpets,” he said.

But the pooling of the purple petals that infuriate so many? “In my opinion,” McDonough said, “that’s one of the most beautiful parts of the tree. When they’re all on the ground, you sit around and you’re surrounded by them.”

As Skrazk put it, “very few people have neutral feelings about jacaranda trees.”

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What exactly makes their blossoms so bewitching? Part of the magic must be their hue.

Blue as a color is rarely found in nature—less than 10 percent of the world’s 280,000 species of flowering plants have the ability to produce blue flowers.

(Photo by David McNew/Getty Images)

As horticulturist David Lofgren told the L.A. Times in 2008, “Blue is a very difficult color to achieve in botany.”

“They don’t serve more than for the purpose of eye candy, but we as humans are inherently drawn to color,” he said. “Why is it that we pay more for a color TV than for one that’s black and white?”

But all the city is in Technicolor, and we have never been short on rare and lovely things. Surely, there must be something more to their spell.

Here, you can sit at the edge of a swimming pool in the dead of winter and find it nearly impossible to ascertain the time of year or the age of the women sitting next to you. It could be January or June, and they could be ingenues, or old enough to be your mother.


Los Angeles, 1941: Mr. Nelson and his jacaranda tree. (Photo by Charles W. Cushman)

There are no seasons here, they say, no way to separate the days. How does one calibrate time when history is liquid and seemingly lived in the ageless present? Somewhere, likely in the basement of some talent agency, there must be a pile of Faustian pacts stacked a mile high.

“The terrible thing about LA,” Orson Welles once said, “is that you sit down, you’re 25, and when you get up you’re 62.”

In a city of eternal sunshine, what could be more seductive than impermanence? Our eyes can adjust to all the evergreen beauty Los Angeles has to offer; stay here long enough and you’ll take it all in without even blinking. But the jacaranda trees?

Blink and you’ll miss them. In fact—look up!—they’re already almost gone.

As Raymond Chandler, a master of not just sunshine and noir, but also the perfect simile, put it in an early story, “Beautiful hands are as rare as jacaranda trees in bloom, in a city where pretty faces are as common as runs in dollar stockings.”

“It’s the kind of tree you feel nostalgic for even when you’re standing right in front of it,” a San Diego horticulturist wrote.

Their purple pageantry is the closest thing we have to seasons, to any season at all. They dazzle us and then disappear.

And, as we look up at the space that was briefly purple and is now just sky, we Angelenos feel the rarest thing of all: time passing.

Jacaranda seeds (Photo via Wikimedia Commons)

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When you look up at a vibrant purple jacaranda tree—or a bush of bougainvillea, sprout of birds of paradise, or fragrant patch of jasmine, for that matter—you can thank Kate Sessions, a pioneering female horticulturalist who helped make over the natural environment of Southern California.

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Sessions was born in Barbary Coast-era San Francisco, amongst the gold speculators and vigilantes. Early in her childhood her family moved near Lake Merritt, which, in 1870, would be designated as the country’s first official wildlife refuge. She went on to be among the small cohort of women to attend U.C. Berkeley in the initial years after the Board of Regents opened admission to female students, and, in 1881, received her degree in natural science.

After graduation, Sessions went on to enroll in business school in San Francisco, but was lured south by an offer of a job as a school teacher in San Diego.

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Plants had always been her passion, but once she arrived in Southern California, that passion exploded. Her job as a teacher lasted only one school year, but she quickly purchased a nursery and flower shop and established flower cultivating fields in Coronado, Pacific Beach, and Mission Hills.

She was fascinated with plants growing in exotic parts of the world, and was experimenting with bringing seeds and plants from Europe, Mexico, and South America, as well as cultivating native California plants. She became the most sought-after landscape designer for fashionable homeowners and residential developers in the fast-growing city.

In 1892, she made the deal that would change California’s landscape forever. Sessions leased 32 acres of land owned by the city of San Diego which was then known as City Park. The field was barren, pest-ridden, and lacked any formal landscaping. Sessions agreed to amend the situation by planting 100 new trees per year in the park and 300 trees per year elsewhere on public lands around the city. In exchange, she could use the property as a kind of laboratory and growing field. That property was filled with cypress, eucalyptus, palms, and jacaranda—and, along the way, was re-dubbed Balboa Park.

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A bronze statue of Sessions was placed in the park in 1998, and it’s still the only statue of a historical woman anywhere in San Diego. In 2006 the Women’s Museum of California inducted her into their Women’s Hall of Fame and produced a short video about her contributions to the city.

Word of San Diego’s transformation into a colorful and lush environment quickly spread up the coast, as did the popularity of the exotic plants that Sessions demonstrated could flourish here. Jacarandas, with their beautiful blossoms in a distinctive purple color, were an easy sell, and in the 1920s and ’30s they were planted extensively in Los Angeles and Santa Barbara.

Sessions died in 1940, but her legacy continued as Los Angeles grew and jacarandas became one of the most recognizable trees in the region.

Most of the jacarandas seen in L.A. are Jacaranda mimosifolia, one of the 49 different types of flowering jacaranda trees. One specimen in Santa Ana is on the official registry of Big Trees, measuring 58 feet high, 98 inches around the trunk, and more than 73 feet across the spread of the branches.

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Infographic: Jacarandas blooming early: A look at L.A.’s cherry blossoms

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Jacaranda mimosifolia

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Where are
your favorite
jacarandas?

November: The flowers
are mostly gone. The
tree holds its leaves and
pods through the winter.

September: In the fall,
there’s usually a second-
ary bloom. The leaves
stay on the tree, making
these flowers less notice-
able.

July/August: When it gets
too hot, the tree stops pro-
ducing flowers. New
leaves start pushing out.

May/June: The flowers
push out and bloom.
“June gloom” conditions
— when humidity is higher
and daytime temperatures
don’t exceed the low 70s
— tend to prolong the
bloom time.

March/April: The tree usu-
ally drops its leaves and
seed pods. Hot and dry
weather enhances this
process.

Los Angeles

Age of L.A.’s oldest
street jacarandas

Number of jac-
arandas along
public streets
in the city of
Los Angeles

Number of
jacarandas
maintained
by city of
Pasadena

80-100 years

20,000

1,654

A subtropical tree, jacarandas are well-adapted to the
Mediterranean climate of Southern California

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Paloma Street just east of Allen Avenue in Pasadena
Del Mar Boulevard in Pasadena
3900-4200 Stansbury Avenue in Sherman Oaks
9300 block of Gothic Avenue in North Hills
The older residential streets in Hollywood
North Whittier Drive in Beverly Hills
Index Street in Granada Hills
Los Robles Avenue in San Marino

Unlike ficus and
magnolia trees,
jacaranda roots
rarely buckle
sidewalks.

The trees are moderate-
ly drought-tolerant. Once
established, they don’t
require a lot of water but
need an occasional deep
irrigation during summer
months.

Jacaranda branches have irregular growth habits.
The trees tend to be 25 to 40 feet tall and can be
just as wide.

When the flowers on the
ground start decaying, the
fleshy petals become ge-
latinous. Combined with
the fine mist of “June
gloom,” sidewalks
become slippery.

The bluish-purple flowers hang down-
ward and are trumpet-shaped, usually
with five petals. Both male and female
parts are in each flower.

Species:
Origin:

Contrary to popular
belief, it’s not the
nectar or sap that
makes your car sticky.
It’s caused by aphids,
insects that flock to
the flowers and se-
crete a sugary sub-
stance after feeding.

Typical ‘bloom cycle’ of a
jacaranda tree

By the numbers

Viewing the colors

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