What is this tree?

unknown blue flower tree

It looks a bit like a lavender but it doesn't really have a scent (and it's a tree!).

  • what zone or location in the world? – kevinskio May 15 '16 at 13:16
  • Simple leaves? Not compound like a Jacaranda?: google.com/… – Wayfaring Stranger May 15 '16 at 13:58
  • one closeup picture of the foliage is all that is needed to confirm that it is a jacaranda – kevinskio May 15 '16 at 14:00

It appears to be a Ceanothus - as to which variety, I can't tell from the photograph (because I can't see the leaves properly), except to say its one of the larger varieties - Ceanothus vary in height from around 5 feet up to around 20 feet, some are evergreen some are not, other varieties have larger, looser and paler blue flowers later in the year. If you'd like to add a close up photograph showing both a flower in detail and the leaves, it should be possible to refine the ID.

  • Must be nice to live where ceoanthus can get larger. C Americanus is the only one to grow on my zone, three feet if the winter is mild – kevinskio May 15 '16 at 14:47
  • @kevinsky - they get large here in the UK, but they have the unfortunate habit of being short lived, so may suddenly keel over without warning after 8 to 10 years, and will not tolerate a very cold winter at all. I guess they're not known as Californian Lilac for nothing... and to be honest, on a cold, grey, cloudy day when the flowers are out, they can look pretty depressing (in the UK), but lovely when the sun is on them – Bamboo May 15 '16 at 15:00

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