Jacaranda mimosifolia - Jacaranda Tree
Jacaranda Tree in bloom is breathtaking. In spring, its entire canopy is covered with lavender blossoms. It looks like the sky turned purple.
The rest of the year, this beautiful shade tree is a cloud of feathery foliage. Native to Brazil, it grows best in warm zones 9-10, can handle cold down to 25*, but is basically subtropical. It loves the heat, needs well-drained soil and moderate water, will tolerate some drought.
In Southern California and Florida, Jacaranda can grow to 50' and is much used as a street tree, but is happy in a large container and flowers at a young age.