Jacaranda Mimosifolia is perhaps the most popular species in a genus of about 50 others. Known as Jacaranda, Black Poui, Mimosa-leaved Ebony, Green Ebony or Brazilian Rose Wood, this species is grown as an ornamental shade tree. It forms huge canopies that can reach 60’ in width decorated by dense clusters of tubular violet-blue flowers that are complimented by mimosa-like leaves. It can be deducted quite easily that the leaves have contributed to the species name, “mimosifolia”. Jacaranda Mimosifolia originates from Brail, Argentina and Bolivia and is best suited for growth in zones 9b-10. It can be grown elsewhere, but young trees especially must be protected from any type of frost. It has also been grown as a bonsai by many collectors. The soft wood of this tree is used for carving and carpentry while its extracts have shown to be effective against various microbes, including the bacteria that cause staph infections.
The seeds should be soaked for 24 hours prior to planting. Sow your seeds at a depth of OE” in a soil that is high in peat and well-draining. A seed starting soil is usually good for this. Keep them moist at about 68 degrees Fahrenheit. Situate mature plants outdoors in full sun where you do not mind the spent blooms falling. This species also tends to form roots on the surface of the soil beneath the canopy like maple trees often do. It should be able to receive water deeply but is considered to be drought-resistant. It is also resistant to pests and disease.
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