Jacaranda mimosifolia – Bignoniaceae (subtropical to tropical America)
(= J. acutifolia, J. ovalifolia)
Habit: Medium-size tree, 12-15 m tall, 7-10 wide, expansive, light crown.
Flowers: Bright blue-violet with white perianth, slender bells, like thimbles, up to 5 cm long, on long, loose, pyramidal panicles, up to 30 cm long, late winter to spring, shortly before leaves shoot.
Fruit: Woody, roundish, slightly wavy, broadly opening capsules, some 8 cm in diameter.
Leaves: Deciduous, broadly doubly pinnate, up to 45 cm long; pinnate leaflets simple, small, slenderly elliptical, soft hairs light to medium-green.
Demands: Sun, tolerating light frost, warm house, plants under glass need pruning back hard in late winter.
Natural habitat: Fresh to moist, loamy, nutritious, well drained soil.
Hardiness: Zone 9