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The jacaranda search

March 19, 2014
Fort Myers Beach Bulletin, Fort Myers Beach Observer

To the editor:

Do you have a jacaranda tree on your property? We are searching the island for this Florida friendly tree with the hopes of having photos and locations where each tree is planted. Jacarandas thrive in our native soil, and there is much interest in adopting the jacaranda as our own on Fort Myers Beach.

Jacarandas are easy to grow, require no pruning and are not susceptible to pests. There are no worries about white fly!

Let's adopt this Florida friendly as our own!

Our goal is to actively promote jacaranda plantings in neighborhoods, condos, streetscapes and parks until at least 200 are planted. We hope our efforts will evolve into an annual Jacaranda Festival in May or June when the trees bloom.

If you like the idea and want to help, we are also looking for you! This is an exciting project that we can make happen. If you're thinking about replacing a tree, want to remember someone special or improve the streetscape in your neighborhood, please consider the jacaranda - said to be one of the 10 most beautiful trees in the world with its brilliant purple blooms.

For more information on how to obtain a jacaranda and how you can help please visit or call Barb Hill at 765-1965.

Barb Hill

Fort Myers Beach



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