Jacaranda, a genus of tropical trees and shrubs native to Central and South America. Members of some species are 90 feet (27 m) tall. Jacaranda leaves resemble the leaves of a fern. The showy, five-petaled blue, pink, or white flowers appear in loose, pyramid-shaped clusters. Jacaranda trees are planted widely in subtropical areas, including Florida and California, as ornamental and street trees. The hard, brown wood is used for furniture.
Two common species are Jacaranda acutifolia and J. mimosifolia, of the family Bignoniaceae.
Several unrelated trees yield a wood commonly called Jacaranda; these include Dalbergia nigra, D. sprnceana, and Machaerium villosum, of the family Leguminosae.