My jacaranda is about 5 feet tall and has three branches - one appears to be the main branch and is vertical with another growing up at an angle out from this about 2 feet from the ground. The other branch is also at an angle but below this and much closer to the ground (about a foot above). I'm attaching a photo (I hope it gets to you OK). I'm a little concerned that the branch that is closest to the ground should be cut off, as it's growing rapidly and looks like it could eventually tear. I've looked for advice on the internet, including your site, and there are warnings that vertical sucker shoots will grow if the tree has limbs removed and these will have to be taken off annually. Some people say just to let jacarandas grow normally or they'll lose their natural shape. Could you please give me some advice about this? It would be very much appreciated. By the way, where are you based? I'm in Australia. Thanks. Ann
We did not receive the image of your tree.
This article address the trimming and shaping of Jacaranda Tree.
What is causing my jacaranda tree to not flourish - i.e. few flowers and spasmodic new leaf growth?
First, make sure your jacaranda tree is growing in an appropriate environment for the species. Jacarandas need well-drained, preferably sandy soil, and they flower best if their soil is not very rich in organic matter.
Check this article to see if your jacaranda may have one of the problems discussed here:
Also, exposure to excessive nitrogen fertilizer or lack of phosphorus in the soil can cause many plants to flower poorly.
When is the best time to plant these seeds and should they be kept at a warm temperature?
This link will help you.
Here are more articles about the Jacaranda Tree.
How long does it take for a jacaranda tree to bloom? Mine is still small, about four years old and approximately 12 feet high. I thought it would bloom by now but it hasn't.
If grown from a cutting, they can take 2-4 years to bloom, but if grown from seed, they can take anywhere from 5-14 years to flower depending on their genetics and the planting location.
Jacarandas seem to be picky about the environmental conditions they are grown in. They are more likely to produce flowers if they're in full sun, have well-drained, sandy soil, and are not exposed to a lot of wind. The flower buds can also be damaged by cold winter weather.
Planted our trees last spring, and they tripled in size. When fall came, they dropped all their leaves and their branches. I have tall sticks, we had temperatures in high 20s for about 4 days. Did that kill my trees or do they normally drop everything?
Jacaranda Trees can suffer damage when exposed to temperatures below 26 degrees F.
You can check the tree by bending the branches. Do they snap off or bend?
Scratch the bark. Is it green underneath?
The roots may be unharmed and you can give the tree time to see if it can recover.
Here are some links to help you.
On my new Jacaranda tree, which was in a 10 gallon container and is about 6 ft tall, some of the leaves are turning yellow and they don't look so good. Tree was planted about 3 weeks ago in full sun in East Mesa, AZ. Am I giving it too much water, or not enough? I have been watering once a week about 3 gallons.
Yellowing leaves is generally an indicator of a watering issue, especially in a newly planted tree.
Make sure you have correctly placed the tree and that you are watering correctly.
Soil should be kept moist. You will need to be checking the soil instead of watering on a schedule.
The amount you mention is not likely enough.
My jacaranda is not very healthy and I can't figure out why. I've had it for about a year, bought it when it was about 6' tall. It is now approx 7-7 1/2'. The trunk is cracking at the base, the foliage is sparse, pale, with brown tips. I live in Melbourne FL. It has only flowered once. Can you please advise? Thank you.
The bark splitting could be due to environmental issues; sun scald, exposure to cold temperatures.
Check for signs of insects or disease; developing Canker can cause the trunk to split. Is the tree oozing and material?
The symptoms that the tree itself is showing can help determine a cause.
A soil test will help you determine if the plant is suffering from a nutrient deficiency, though the Jacaranda does well in poor soil. It will not tolerate clay or poor draining soil.
A poorly growing Jacaranda can benefit from a fertilizer application of a granular 12-4-8 ratio. Apply when the new growth begins to appear in spring and every 3 months until fall.
Do not over fertilizer.
Consistently moist soil is important, an established tree can withstand some dry spells.
Fertilizing late in the season can cause to rapid of growth and a trunk to split.
Research shows the the best flowering on a Jacaranda occur following a winter with temperatures above the 30's.