The jacaranda is a common street
tree. We had one in
front of our house for many years, until the city took it out because
it was breaking up the curbs and walks.
The flowers of the jacaranda are
showy. Though there
may be some flowers on the tree anytime in spring or summer, the whole
tree is covered with them for a few weeks in spring. A street
lined with jacarandas in full bloom is quite a sight. But the
sticky flowers are hard on parked cars, and on carpets.
The long leaves are divided twice,
along the main midrib
they are divided into pinnae, each pinna is divided into pinnules
(leaflets). This makes a leaf look like a fern.
Here is the fruit of the jacaranda
tree. They are
woody and hard pods, frequently used in decorative arrangements.
But be sure to pick up before mowing the lawn.
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