The jacaranda tree is a beautiful tropical varietal that boasts clusters of fragrant purple trumpet-shaped blooms. Native to South America, the jacaranda tree makes for an excellent shade tree, thanks to its fern-like foliage, whose leaves can grow up to 20 inches in length. Typically planted somewhere between fall and early spring, the jacaranda tree semi evergreen. The tree grows quickly—adding up to 10 feet a year in the first few years of its life—and most of the blooming occurs in late spring to early summer. Only mature trees flower. Plant in full sun, sandy well drained soil.