“Are you sure you want to plant those?” my friend S looked at me in disbelief when I showed her the Jacaranda seed pods I had picked from a tree down the road. “The leaves are so small they get into everything!”
Yes, I’d seen the confetti of jacaranda leaves on S’s lawn, how they had peppered the pathways and found their way into the smallest gaps.
But sound reasoning was clouded by the enticing descriptions of the Australian outback in novels, with the ubiquitous purple Jacaranda and singing cicadas.
I was tempted to have a small slice of that heavenly purple but was not prepared to house a 40-foot giant in my own yard.
I assured S that if the seeds ever germinated, I’d prune them so that the leaves wouldn’t have the chance to be a nuisance.
The Jacaranda seedlings are now more than 2 feet tall, each with hundreds upon hundreds of the finest leaves.
With their reputation for being vigorous growers, I’d better start shaping and training them … fast!
I’ve always wondered if Jacarandas made good bonsais … and I suppose now is as good a time to find out as any.
Care and propagation: Full sun, preferably well-drained soil, water moderately. Propagate using seeds or cuttings (not tried this myself)