Jacaranda Trees
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planting a jacaranda in an area covered in pea gravel

Zone zone 18, 19 | janisingels@aol.com added on July 30, 2018 | Answered

I want to plant a jacaranda in our back yard in southern CA. There's no grass, just an area of ground covered in pea gravel. Will it live in that environment and will the droppings cause any problems if just left on the pea gravel since we can't rake the area? Is there such a thing as a dwarf jacaranda? Thanks.

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drtreelove
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Answered on August 1, 2018

There is a new dwarf jacaranda variety:
https://www.monrovia.com/plant-catalog/plants/5091/bonsai-blue-jacaranda/

The pea gravel ground cover is not the best growing conditions. It would be better to improve the soil with compost and mineralized fertilizer (Down To Earth All Purpose) before planting, and then mulch the soil surface with compost or wood chips after planting.
Jacaranda can be a little messy with seasonal leaf and seed pod drop, but leaving the litter on the soil surface is okay, to add to the organic matter mulch.

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