The Jacaranda and the Royal Poinciana Tree are two of the most beautiful trees in South Florida. They both have similar characteristics, however they are completely different trees. The tough part with either of these trees is deciding which one you want in your yard. If you have a big enough yard make it easy on yourself and go with one of each. Here is a little more info on both.
The Jacaranda Tree is a fast growing tree that loves it’s space. It will reach heights of 40 feet, so it needs a lot of elbow room. It’s bright lavender flower clusters bloom in April-May and can be as big as 12 inches long and 8 inches wide. The blooms will drop when the flower is finished, so care to avoid pools and sidewalks should be taken. If placed within a yard and not to close to the pool or sidewalk the dropping petals can create a rather picturesque setting below the tree on the ground.
Royal Poinciana Tree
The Royal Poinciana Tree like the Jacaranda is a fast growing beauty that can top out at 50 feet tall and even wider than that. The orangish-red flowers are magnificent and will bloom from late spring through mid summer. It is best not to plant shrubs or flowers beneath this tree since it’s root system is not very deep and it will compete (and win) with other plants for water and nutrients. This is truly a perfect “Florida” tree for placement as a specimen tree.
No matter which one of these you decide to plant you will be amazed at the beauty for each. They both will perform well in sun or part shade. They both will take a few years to get settled in before you start to see their flamboyant colors. We can help you decide if one of these bright trees are appropriate for your yard. Contact us today for your free evaluation.