Jacaranda a deciduous to evergreen tree native to Brazil is a beautiful flowering tree that creates a dramatic display in May June. If you have lived in Los Angeles or have traveled there during these period each year you might come across streets of purple, an amazingly beautiful display of flowers and trees. It has ferny leaves, which fall in February to March. New leavesmay grow before flowering or sometimes it blooms before any leaves. The flowers are tubular lavendar and in groupls creating a very strong beautiful display.
The only downside while still very beautiful is the carpet of purple flowers created under the tree by falling flowers during blooming season. As long the flowers are fresh it looks really nice but it is best to clean it up before they die and turn brown. In another word it does take some maintenance to upkeep but it is worth the beautiful display. A word of caution be careful walking on a deck or sidewalk covered in the fallen flowers since it could be slippery and you can fall easily. Often you see them planted in grass and the fallen flowers almost resemble the purple colored crocuses that bloom in spring in grass through the snow, but of course only from afar.
There is also a variety which has white flowers.They all grow in variety of soils but does better in well draining or sandy soils. After it matures it is pretty hardy and can withstand freeze but it does not bloom if it is in direct line of wind from the ocean and does not have enough heat. It needs usual watering and does not like draughts which could put it in shock yet too much water can make it too lush with weak branches and foliage. It needs pruning which also helps it to bloom profusely. It usually grows to 30 to 40 feet.