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A Passion for Purple

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It is very likely that you know a few people who have a passion for purple, and celebrated author Alice Walker noted that it’s almost a cardinal sin for one to ignore nature’s salute to the color purple in a field. Well, if your passion is purple, now’s the time to be on the lookout for the Jacaranda as it starts to bloom.

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Jacaranda mimosifolia is considered a large tree with a height of 25 to 40 ft., and a width of 45 to 60 ft. Its blooming period extends from April to August but most trees begin flowering in May. At the end of the flowering season, the tree bears seedpods which can be used to propagate more trees – talk about the gift that keeps on giving!

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Although the Jacaranda is available in a white cultivar, it is the hard-to-ignore purple blooms that gets me to stop in traffic and say wow – look at that tree! For more information click on this link: http://edis.ifas.ufl.edu/pdffiles/st/st31700.pdf

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