Across the northern hemisphere, green shoots appear and flowers dear, people giving thanks, that spring is near. Snowdrop, crocus are rejoicing, birds are voicing, joy the warmth and sun and colors here.
Even in Hawaii where the climate is moderate and mild throughout the year all species know that spring is here.The seasons change is just a whisper in the wind. A watercolor soft with purple chased by yellow before the Polaroid of summer settles in. In late February/March the Jacaranda Mimosifolia is where it all begins.
The Jacaranda Mimosifolia is commonly known as Jacaranda, the fern tree, blue jacaranda and blue trumpet tree. The Jacaranda grows to a height of anywhere from 5-50′ tall and 15-60′ wide. A native of South America it is now cultivated almost anywhere in the world where there is no risk of frost. On the Big Island of Hawaii it is found mostly at the 1,000 – 2,000 ft. cooler elevation in well drained soil. Flowering occurs in spring before new leaf growth begins and the flowers are grouped in large panicles. As an ornamental the profuse flowering is regarded magnificent by some and quite messy by others.