We love ‘Bonsai Blue’ jacaranda for its deep purple flowers as well as its fernlike foliage that adds a unique textural element to the garden. The tubular, dark purple flowers that emerge in the spring are irresistible to hummingbirds. Once established, this plant is tolerant of drought and heat.
Botanical Name: ‘Bonsai Blue’ jacaranda
Flowers: Deep purple, tubular shaped
Foliage: Bright green, fern like, semi-evergreen
Habit: Fast growing, 6 feet tall and 5 feet wide
Origins: American Tropics
Growing ‘Bonsai Blue’: This plant prefers rich, well-drained soil in the sun. It is drought tolerant once established. In warmer climates provide ‘Bonsai Blue’ with deep, regular watering the first growing season. In USDA Zones colder than Zone 9, ‘Bonsai Blue’ may be better suited for container gardening and brought indoors in the winter or treated as an annual.
Jacaranda is a native to tropical and subtropical regions of Central America, South America, Cuba, Hispaniola, Jamaica and the Bahamas. It has been planted extensively in Asia, South Africa and Zimbabwe. In South Africa the town of Pretoria is popularly known as The Jacaranda City because of the vast number of Jacaranda trees used in the streetscapes, parks and gardens.