Jacaranda season

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a jacaranda in full bloom

an adult jacaranda tree

Although at this time of year, many destinations are luring visitors with talk of the autumn foliage and its rust, red and maroon colours in Australia it is the time for a sheet of blueish purple.

Late October and November is the beginning of the with the 2016 jacaranda season, a tree that spouts masses of blueish purple flowers that brings Australians and overseas out to view the spectacle.

One city, Grafton, in northern NSW  has the Grafton Jacaranda Festival which is the oldest flower festival in Australia and runs from the end of October to the 6th of November. There, the 2,000 trees provide a completely new complexion to the city so, naturally, many visitors head there to see the effect. This is why the city is referred to as the jacaranda capital of Australia. It is home to the largest tree, one that is thirty metres high and six metres in circumference which, when the flowers are fully open, is a sight that has people jostling each other for photographs.

But you don’t need to travel all the way to Grafton to see jacaranda trees in bloom. If you are holidaying in Sydney, stand outside the opera house and look across the harbour to Kirribilli where you can see the colours. Or, from the same vantage point, turn right and wander into the Royal Botanic Gardens where there are sixteen trees including one that only seems to have white blooms.

In truth almost everywhere has jacaranda trees so even if you are travelling by car or train you will be unlucky not to see one.

But will one grow in the UK? Because the tree seems to need a deal of hot sun in summer and dryish cool winters they should grow in the far south west of England where there might be shelter from the wind. But websites I have searched don’t seem to show much success. Unless you know differently!

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