Flowers in Australia: 21

Jacaranda Tree

Australian streets are awash with the magnificent purple-blue blooms of jacarandas (Jacaranda mimosifolia) in late spring and early summer. As well as being superb street trees, jacarandas look stunning on their own as a specimen tree in an open lawn, where their fallen flowers form a colourful carpet of blue.

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Lots of people think jacarandas are natives, but they’re not. They are native to Brazil, where they are deciduous, not because of cold winters, but because of the monsoonal wet and dry seasons. They briefly drop their leaves at the end of the dry season.

In Sydney throughout the months of October and November the Jacaranda Trees come to life, filling the city and surrounding suburbs with stunning and calming purple/blue flowers.  Some of the best places in the city to see the trees are The Rocks, Royal Botanic Gardens and Paddington.

This may be the final Australian flower post for a while. More may occur once I am back in the U K and staying indoors because of the cold- perish the thought! But, wifi and internet connection willing, I hope to post some of the flora found in New Zealand over the next couple of weeks. No doubt a tree fern will focus among them 🙂

Thanks to all my Aussie pals and others who have helped me in identifying some of the flora that I haven’t – there may still be some to ID so if you have time to browse through the Australian flora I have posted, your help is still required on any image without a name!




18 Comments Add yours

  1. A lovely tribute to the purple lady. So many of them and such a great carpet of flowers underneath them. The dark branches are a large part of their charm. I look forward now to exotic NZ flowers.

    1. Heyjude says:

      I hope to visit the gardens in Hamilton, but have no idea what there is. Only plant that comes to mind is the tree fern!

  2. Aren’t they heavenly? I love the carpet of lilac and the tree itself.

  3. nowathome says:

    We have them here in South Africa too! Have a great trip to NZ! Wish it was me, 😀

    1. Heyjude says:

      First time I saw one was in northern Johannesburg. Fell in love then!

  4. Lucid Gypsy says:

    Jacarandas are stunning indeed! I’m looking forward to your New Zealand posts, I expect it will be a bit cooler there?

    1. Heyjude says:

      Quite a lot cooler at the moment – around 19 degrees. But hopefully a respite from the humidity and heat here. Just as long as it doesn’t rain I don’t mind!

  5. pommepal says:

    You have finished on a real high note with the gorgeous Jacaranda Jude. Looking forward to what you find in NZ.

  6. What beautiful trees. I’d love to see them in person all abloom throughout a city. I bet it’s a breathtaking sight. 🙂

    1. Heyjude says:

      It really is a beautiful sight. No jacarandas in the US then Cathy?

      1. You know, Jude, I can’t remember ever seen jacarandas in the US, but of course it is a big country and they might be in some parts where I haven’t been at the right season. 🙂

  7. restlessjo says:

    One of my favourites, and there are loads in Portugal, Jude. Give my love to New Zealand! No NZ bloggers to meet? 🙂

    1. Heyjude says:

      Portugal is becoming more and more attractive. Do you know I don’t think I have any Kiwi followers, or follow any. Do you know any NZ bloggers?

    1. Heyjude says:

      …and fragrant too!

  8. Sammy D. says:

    Jude, this array of trees is brilliant – the color so stunning. Probably similar to what our pink flowering crabapples would look like to someone seeing for the first time. I am enjoying your daily photos immensely !

    1. Heyjude says:

      They remind me of flowering cherries in our spring, but the colour is SO vibrant!

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