Jacaranda trees are gorgeous. The bees seem to love them, and they are pretty good candidates for bonsai, even though they are not edible. The flowers smell pretty sweet.
We are fortunate enough to have a friendly neighbor who has one in the front yard and shared some seed pods with us to try our hands at growing some from seeds.
Jacaranda do well in USDA zones 9b-11, and can be grown as large houseplants.
Started from seed, Jacaranda can take 7 - 14 years to bloom. This is a relatively short period of time in bonsai years.
Final UpdateWhile the tree is very nice looking, we don't have room for everything. A friend of mine really liked it so we gave it to her for care. Hopefully it is more enjoyable for her.
07-05-2017: Just An Update
The tiny jacaranda is getting nice and airy looking in a larger pot.
It seems to be growing moderately, as all of these various trees go. We have a very long wait for blooms. This particular tree will probably be kept around or under four feet tall as the trees can be quite messy and it is mostly known for its ornamental value.
However, it does seem to have medicinal value by using the leaves, bark and/or seed pods as an antibacterial agent.
The tiny jacaranda tree has leafed out quite a bit and is on its second repot, I think. We ended up putting it in a much larger pot because it seems to take all the rootspace given and grows topside accordingly.
Our neighbors tree is huge. It is in bloom and puts off a low key sweet scent. The purple blooms against the dark bark is quite attractive.
This will be a 7 to 14 year wait to see any blossoms on this one.
10-14-2016: New Arrival
I am so impatient. The seeds have not sprouted and we received a free plant offering with the Kiwi plants. I added on a jacaranda plant.
The jacaranda arrived in great health.
09-04-2016: Let's Get Growing!
|Blue Jacaranda seed pods|
We were able to retrieve several seed pods with the help of our friendly neighbor. The seed pods are interesting and ornamental on their own.
|Blue Jacaranda seed|
One pod contains a large number of seeds, so only a few pods are
|Blue Jacaranda seeds|
I'm not sure how long it will take to get from the papery seed to this little tree. Bonsai is a game of patience.