This time of the year sees splashes of vibrant purple dotting the landscape of our area. The flowers that provide this eye-catching display come from the Jacaranda tree.
My Introduction to a Jacaranda Tree
The first time I saw this beautiful tree flower was when I moved here to South East Queensland 12 years ago. I was picking up my boy from day care. There was a huge play area there, some of this was lawn. On this day, I arrived to see this fluorescent carpet of purple where the lawn usually was. I felt like I needed sunnies, it was so bright! When I asked about these amazing flowers, I was told they are from a Jacaranda tree. Wow….I thought these flowers are so vibrant. I like them!
When I was studying horticulture at TAFE, we were given a list of 20 plants and trees that were around our campus. We had to fill in ID sheets for them. One of the trees on the list was a Jacaranda. This huge tree was just outside the entrance to the horticultural area.
Every time we walked past it, there was the yellow plant label underneath it to remind us what its botanical name was. Family is Bignoniaceae. (my cue to remember – “This tree has a big nose”) Botanical name – Jacaranda mimosifolia.
What I love about Jacarandas is not only the flowers but their canopies. There is something about their broad canopy that I find appealing. When I see a line of these trees along a road, it is their shape that I feel makes them look majestic as well as their flowers.
Yes, I also know that Jacarandas can be weedy. My friend reminds me of this when I talk about how pretty Jacaranda trees are. There are considered a low priority pest species by the Brisbane City Council. When an old Jacaranda dies on Brisbane council land, it isn’t replaced by another Jacaranda. They also suggest not to plant Jacarandas near bushland, especially national parks.
Do you have Jacaranda Trees in your area? Like or Dislike? We would love to hear your story! Please feel free to share in the comments below.
Grafton holds an annual Jacaranda Festival to celebrate these trees. It has just been on for this year but save the date for next year if you are interested in visiting this well known festival. Check out their website for more details.