Jacaranda mimosifolia – Jacaranda
- Height: 25-40′
- Spread: 15-30′
- Planted by: 1931 by Cornell
- Family: Bignoniaceae
- Common Names: Green Ebony, Guarupa, Abey
- Botanical Names: Jacaranda acutifolia, J. ovalifolia
This semi-hardy tree has medium green, finely cut fern like leaves. In California they are semi evergreen. The leaves dropping as the weather turns colder. The leaves, which measure 12” or greater do not return until the late spring when the flowers appear, around May. The tiny leaflets (pinnae) only measure 3/8” long and drift easily into ground cover or even grass, however, the lengthy midrib tends to get caught up in shrubbery.
The flowers are spectacular. Individual blossoms are tubular and measure two inches and are a lovely shade of purple. These flowers are held in a panicle at the tips of the branches and literally cover the tops of the trees adding an impressive array of color to the garden. The flowers are not particularly fragrant but they are popular with pollinators and the unique seed pod that follows is proof positive. A two celled capsule that appears very like a bivalve. When ripe the round, woody, brown disk separates and the seed is found along the center line and are ready to disperse. Held in a papery wing the seeds will ride the wind currents until they fall to earth.