Every spring, in April or May, depending on weather patterns of that year, upcountry Maui explodes in purple. Maui’s spring time Jacaranda blossoming often draws visitors and residents alike to take a drive on the slopes of Haleakala to view these stunning, bold trees. The technical name of this colorful tree is Jacaranda mimosifolia. It is a sub-tropical tree native to south-central South America that has been widely planted elsewhere because of its beautiful and long-lasting blue/purple flowers. On Maui, they can be found along highways, in open fields, on private property and amidst strands of indigenous evergreen trees at about the 3500 foot level.
The photos in this post were taken one afternoon in mid April, generally considered an early blooming. Enjoy the views of
Maui’s Spring Time Jacaranda