You may have seen their beautiful purple to lavender blossoms in a few select locations around the Melbourne and Palm Bay areas as they stand out amongst the other surrounding greenery. I’m referring to the rare jacaranda tree that is a native of South America, but does grow in a few areas in the United States.
As far as we know, there are just a very few locations of these exceptional trees in the Melbourne area. While there are probably a few more jacaranda trees locally with one or two on the beachside, the 2 most prominent ones are located on Dairy Road in West Melbourne (there are actually 2 trees next to each other in this location) about a mile south of 192 on the east side of the road and on Eau Gallie Blvd about a mile north of the intersection of Wickham Road and Eau Gallie Blvd. The second example is on the north side of Eau Gallie Blvd.
Full size adult trees can range in size from 15 to 50 feet tall and the deeply saturated lavender and purple blossoms can last for up to 2 months. They are called the blue jacaranda, but the blossoms are more purple to lavender colored. The striking beauty of the tree is quite noticeable as the entire canopy of branches is covered in blossoms and stands in stark contrast to all other foliage in the surrounding area. Jacaranda trees in California can bloom twice in the same year, once in the spring and once in the fall while in Florida and most other locations they bloom only once a year.
Unfortunately, the two trees pictured here have already reached their full peak and may not even be blossoming by the time you read this. But at least next year you will be ready by the time April rolls around to go hunting for the few know Jacaranda tree examples in the Melbourne area.
Enjoy some additional pictures of the Jacaranda below:
Unfortunately this tree is surrounded by power lines so it was hard to get a clear picture of it.
A close up of the jacaranda blossoms: