Poincianas and jacarandas: seasonal lovelies
The ostentatious seasonal loveliness of poincianas and jacarandas is very evocative to people who make their home in south-east Queensland.
The October–November explosion of deciduous jacarandas into the familiar vivid shade of purple-blue always reminds students that it’s time to hit the books. Their reward is the scarlet blaze of the poincianas from November, which go on to peak in time to herald Christmas.
Both trees flower on bare wood after losing their leaves, which only accentuates the glamorous shock of the colourful blooms against our bright blue Queensland skies.
So ubiquitous are these two showy imports that it is hard to imagine life in south-east Queensland without them.
Caring for your poinciana and jacaranda
Fortunately for their legions of admirers, both these flamboyant beauties are very easy to grow and care for. They both require good watering when young to develop healthy root systems, and will grow well in a variety of soil types, including the sandier and saltier ones.
They like frost-free climates, which we have, of course, and full sun – so prune away nearby plants that might block the light from the growing young tree. In fact, be sure to leave both of these statement trees with plenty of space to grow into: they are really not suitable for small yards, or planting near walkways or structures, but will flourish given room to develop into a canopy width of around 10 to 15 metres and a similar height.
Both of these exotic trees should also be pruned judiciously when young. Weaker lower branches of the poinciana should be pruned away. Jacarandas may develop competing trunks, and will benefit from pruning of them near the base every three years for the first 15 or so. Thin the canopy to help the stronger branches develop, but don’t remove more than about 20% of it, as a full and even shape is part of the appeal of these glorious trees.
And, of course, be sure to do your pruning in winter before the new growth begins, and to encourage the spectacular blooming.
AllRound Tree Services offers expert pruning services for your jacarandas, poincianas and other trees. Contact us today for our friendly advice and knowledgeable services to make the most of your trees, and the colour they give your life.