Friday, April 22, 2011
WHATS BLOOMIN’ IN PARADISE?: A gardeners journey Plant Subject: Jacaranda Tree (Jacaranda mimosifolia ) - CaptivaSanibel.com | Island Reporter, Captiva Current, Sanibel-Captiva Islander First impression: Treelike panicles, filled with blue-lilac-ish flowers that remind me of lavender fields on a tree. These small flowers on tall flower stems emerge from the canopy of a large tree and can be seen in masses. Soft green fernlike leaves are wispy and tiny but also numerous on long, tall stems. The trunk is smooth with silvery gray bark. Our tree stands very straight with a canopy that spreads out wide and tall. No detectable scents in the air. So back up, you gotta view this beauty at a distance; we have a very large Jacaranda Tree in that one of a kind color, blooming at the Botanical Gardens of the Sanibel Moorings. Upon further investigation: Jacaranda is pronounced jack-uh-RAN-duh, and is a non native and hails from South America. Our star is the most popular out of 49 different species. It is considered a unique booming tree because of its bluish lavender colored flowers.
Posted by Mike Galvin at 9:50 PM