Best time to travel to Madeira

Jacaranda Trees in Bloom in Madeira

Streets turn purple when those amazing trees are in bloom

Best time: late April–May

Jacaranda Trees in Bloom
Jacaranda Trees in Bloom

Jacaranda originates from Central and South America, but it has become essential for the Madeira landscape. A large tree with purple flowers also known as 'fern tree' is loved for its lush blooms and bright purple color. Funchal gets covered with beautiful blooms every April since the tree has been introduced in Madeira,

Funchal visitors can't miss those wonderful trees blooming near Funchal’s Cathedral (Sé) as well as by the Golden Gate Hotel and in other downtown locations. There are many jacaranda trees along the Avenida do Infante as it heads west from Funchal. You can see some really old jacaranda trees on Rua de Casa Branca and in the municipal garden on Avenida Arriaga .

Jacaranda mimosifolia is also called blue jacaranda. A native of Argentina and Bolivia grows really well in most tropical zones. It was spread to other continents in the 18th and 19th centuries. Jacaranda has become especially popular in Australia and South Africa. Jacaranda tree can grow 8-15 m (25-50ft) tall.

Practical info

When is the best time to visit Madeira to see jacaranda trees in bloom?

If you're interested in viewing the blooming jacaranda trees in Madeira, plan your visit from late April until May. During this time, the streets of Funchal get covered with beautiful purple flowers. The spectacle is breathtaking and well worth it. Show more

Where can I find the most beautiful jacaranda trees in Funchal?

Experience the beauty of Funchal's jacaranda trees, the most attractive ones located near Funchal's Cathedral (Sé). Downtown locations such as Golden Gate Hotel also have these trees. Avenida do Infante, Rua de Casa Branca, and Avenida Arriaga also provide an extensive display of jacaranda trees. Show more

What is the origin of the jacaranda tree?

Jacaranda, renowned for its bright purple color and lush blooms, originated in Central and South America, especially in Argentina and Bolivia. In the 19th century, it was introduced to Madeira, which became an essential part of the island's landscape. Jacaranda trees have since spread to other continents, including Africa and Australia. Show more

How tall can jacaranda trees grow?

If left untrimmed, the height of jacaranda trees can be impressive, ranging from 8-15 m (25-50ft). Blue jacaranda or Jacaranda mimosifolia, known for its bright purple color, grows well in most tropical zones. Show more

Are there any other countries where jacaranda trees have become popular?

Jacaranda trees, which were initially from South America, are now popular in other locations worldwide such as Australia and South Africa. They're planted in public spaces, parks and even as street trees. Jacaranda trees are so popular in Pretoria (South Africa), that the University regrets planting them and enforces a policy that prohibits their planting on their campus. Show more

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