Jacaranda Mimosifolia

lac1361(z9a Lake Charles, LA)August 24, 2005

Anyone in south Louisiana growing this tree in the ground?


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tedlyxx(z9 LA)

I have one in the ground but it's near the house in a protected location. The top branches died back in last year's Christmas cold weather. The temperature only got down to 29 degrees, but it stayed below 32 degrees for almost 60 hours. The tree bloomed the year before when one day it got down to 26 degrees. Even though the temperatures last winter never got below 29 degrees, the length of the big one damaged some tropicals that I never had a problem with. I remember when I lived in New Orleans seeing jacarandas 30 feet tall in glorious bloom. I grew mine from seed.

    Bookmark   August 25, 2005 at 9:04AM
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sultry_jasmine_nights (Florida 9a)

Thanks for this thread, I have been wondering about growing jacarandas here, also. I heard that they are easily started from seed. J.L.Hudson seeds has a good deal on jacaranda seeds. They do get pretty large though. Could this tree be grown in a pot for awhile?

    Bookmark   August 26, 2005 at 11:27AM
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live_oak_lady(Zone 9)

I have lots of seeds from Santiago, Chile. Have not planted any yet.

    Bookmark   August 28, 2005 at 12:19AM
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greenelbows1(z9--so LA)

I have heard you can grow anything in a pot, as long as it's large enough. Not sure how true that is, but I've grown lots of things in pots, but not everything! One of the things I find here is that plants I've lost in the ground do well in pots sometimes, I think because of the superior drainage. I started growing some things in pots that were said to need colder winters than we get, reasoning that without the insulation of the soil they would get more winter chill. I also use fairly large pots--started with a half-barrel--so they would have more insulation against the summer heat. And I particularly like those big self-watering pots that make it so I don't have to water them every day!

    Bookmark   August 28, 2005 at 12:37AM
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bruggirl100(z9 FL)

No, can't grow jacaranda in a pot. The tree gets 40 feet tall and has a massive root system. It will sustain damage past freezing for 5 hours or more. I'll have tons of seeds very soon if anyone wants some. There are about 15 small ones in the parking lot at our neighborhood Winn Dixie, and the seeds are just getting ripe now. They are very easy to grow from seed.

    Bookmark   August 28, 2005 at 6:40PM
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I live in New Orleans and have never ever seen a Jacaranda tree or a royal poinciana tree.. I am growing both.. both are still very small.. Does anyone know where in the area i might see a one in bloom with my own eyes... Or see one not in bloom... Right now i have a bunch of tiny ones in pots and one thats about 4 inches tall i've been growing for nearly 2 years.. very slow in growing for me though they say it's a fast grower

    Bookmark   April 1, 2011 at 12:36AM
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As everyone in New Orleans knows, this winter we had a horrid freeze. My Jacaranda trees are still green under the bark, so i believe they are still alive. But clearly the tips of the branches are dead.. Do i try and clip them or leave them alone and hope they work things out on their own? any reply would be appreciated... Michael

    Bookmark   March 13, 2014 at 2:29PM
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I planted a two-year old seedling in a courtyard in the French Quarter in the spring of 2013 and it got burnt back this past winter by the cold, but the trunk (which was about an inch in diameter) came through and resprouted this spring. It's growing like gangbusters right now, and is about twelve feet tall. Not sure how old it needs to be to bloom, though.

1 Like    Bookmark   August 7, 2014 at 5:11PM
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Well as you all know the horrid freeze we had last winter. Not only did the freeze damage my Jacaranda but an boring Asian beetle also help kill it totally. I had to cut it down. I have planted three more and yet again, another freeze this year had killed my two smaller ones. My other one i hope to see come back... Keeping my fingers crossed. jsginbtr I'd love to know if your tree came back , or if it's doing well... and where i might see it or one doing well. I'm going to plant new seeds and hope to finally get one of these gorgeous trees to actually grow into a beautiful tree. This is what my tree looks like today March 7th-2015

    Bookmark   March 7, 2015 at 12:50PM
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