I was walking home from the gym a few weeks ago and remember stopping in my tracks, seeing this enormous purple tree brightening up the entire neighborhood like a giant pastel firework frozen in time. Thinking back, this happens to me every spring. Like a kid seeing their favorite Disney princess for the first time, I always get lost in the ethereal beauty of the Jacarandas.
Did you know?
- Jacaranda's are native to Argentina and Brazil but are also wildly popular in Australia, Florida, California and Nepal.
- The city of Pretoria in South Africa is fondly known as "The Jacaranda City" as it is home to over 50,000 of the tree species.
- Jacaranda's can grow up to 60 feet tall.
- They can be a nuisance as well. Jacaranda blooms fall all over the place and can stain your car, clog drains or get stuck on your shoes due to the flower's sticky nectar.
- Horticulturalist Kate Sessions is credited with importing Jacaranda's into Southern California where they are now quite prevalent.