Blue Jacaranda trees in full dress line the hillside at higher elevation on the road to Haleakala, Maui, putting on a dazzling display of color. Along with their amazing flowers, the Jacaranda has a sweet smell that softly floats through the air during bloom. Jacaranda most often bloom between April and May, just in time for May Day in Hawaii, known as “Lei Day.”
The Jacaranda was introduced to Hawaii and several other Polynesian islands from Central and South America. The trees are primarily decorative, although in Hawaii their medium-brown wood is crafted into fine furniture and cabinetry.