Jacaranda trees across Coronado are blooming beautifully around town. Commonly know as the Jacaranda aka Jacaranda mimosifolia, these trees are a source of wonder during their blooming period. The lavender color of the flowers is unusual, especially brilliant under “June Gloom” skies.
Jacaranda trees grow well in USDA Zones 9-11. They prefer enriched sandy, well-drained soils but are tolerant of most soil types. This tree tolerates some shade, but prefers bright, sunny conditions for a more productive bloom. Once the tree is established, it is fairly drought-tolerant. Jacaranda trees are native to Central America, South America, Cuba, Hispaniola and the Bahamas. Although these trees can naturalize in more tropical environments (they are considered invasive in South Africa!), they are not prone to reproducing naturally in California due to the drier conditions. Jacarandas grow up to 50 feet and live as long as 150 years.
We have Kate Sessions to thank for these beautiful trees. She is credited with introducing them to San Diego.
The City of Coronado’s Approved Street Tree List has the jacaranda listed in the Restricted Use category which requires approval to plant. Well worth the extra effort! You might hear complaints about this tree being so messy but there is a trade-off. The trees canopy and carpet of purple flowers under the tree make this one is definitely worth the hassle of a sticky mess for a few weeks. The leaves fall of in early spring and return after the blooming cycle. The flowers have a very light scent.
There is something magical about a carpet of purple/lavender flowers freshly fallen. Cresting the bridge on the way back to the Crown City, the faint spots of purple color visible from blooming Jacaranda trees across Coronado is a special bonus.