How to Look After Jacaranda Trees, Maintenance, Pruning and Watering

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The gorgeous Jacaranda Mimosifolia, is a sub-tropical tree that is native to southern-central South America. It is an incredibly popular tree that has been planted elsewhere due to its startling beauty and long-lasting violet flowers. Other names for the jacaranda are the Blue Jacaranda, Black Poui, and the Fern tree.

Of course, when you have such a stunning tree on your property, you want to keep it as happy and healthy as can be, to get as many years out of it as possible. In this article, we are going to outline some facts on maintenance, pruning, and watering, for your convenience.

How do you look after a jacaranda tree?

How do you look after a Jacaranda tree?

  • First things first, you want to plant a Jacaranda in rich, well-drained soil.
  • Favour a sunny spot that has sufficient protection from the wind.
  • Water the soil around the Jacaranda regularly in the summer time.
  • They thrive in tropical and warm, temperate areas (making Australia a great home for them).

When should I prune my jacaranda tree?

When should I prune my Jacaranda tree?

Pruning is a tricky subject. You see, some people say that you shouldn’t bother to prune your Jacaranda at all, as doing so will promote vertical growth, thus destroying the magnificent and spreading dome-like canopy that these wonderful trees boast.

However, there are some instances in which you will want to prune a Jacaranda (i.e., to clear away dead, dying, or crossed branches).

The trouble is, pruning a Jacaranda tree can be difficult, as they react by sending out strong clusters of vertical shoots that can detract from their stunning aesthetic appearance. Once you start pruning a Jacaranda, you will have to continue by persisting to cut off the vertical shoots. Thus, it is best that you wait until the tree matures before you begin a pruning regime.

In any case, the best time to prune a Jacaranda will be during the winter time, just before new growth commences. The gorgeous violet flowers on new wood sprout, and trimming in late winter will stimulate new growth with the maximum number and size of violet blossoms. This may also encourage new growth, earlier in the season.

Approach with care and try not to overdo it.

What is the lifespan of a jacaranda tree?

What is the average lifespan of a Jacaranda tree? The average lifespan of a Jacaranda tree can be up to 50 years old! Yes, they can grow longer, sometimes lasting up to 200 years old. However, this takes a lot of care and attention. Jacarandas don’t reach full maturity until around 20 years and are capable of re-growth if they are damaged from fresh falling seeds.

Planting a Jacaranda tree in your home gives you the perfect opportunity to leave a beautiful legacy behind.

Do jacaranda trees need lots of water?

Do Jacaranda trees need lots of water? You’ll want to water the soil around the tree regularly during the summer months. As a general rule of thumb, you should water Jacaranda when the top three inches of soil are dry to the touch. The trees require consistent moisture throughout the entire year, though of course, like most trees, they require additional watering during period of dry heat and drought.

Other interesting facts about the Jacaranda tree

  • Jacarandas are not native to Australia
  • They grow tall and wide (make sure that you have plenty of space for your Jacarandas if you are planning on planting some. Adult trees can grow at least 10 to 15 metres high)!
  • Jacarandas have a vigorous root system (be careful where you plant your Jacaranda. You’ll want to ensure that they are planted away from drains, pipes, paths, and any other systems that might be damaged by the vigorously spreading root system).
  • Baby jacarandas hate the cold (keep an eye on them in the first two years of their life. After this period, they should adapt rather nicely to the Australian climate).


All in all, Jacarandas do require a fair bit of maintenance and TLC, but this beautiful tree is entirely worth the effort! Provided you follow this advice and keep a close eye on them, you shouldn’t run in to any major issues. If you are not entirely confident with providing proper care for them and you’d like some professional assistance, you can always hire a tree services company to take care of the hard work for you!

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