Jacaranda Anniversary

jacaranda_flickr.jpgSpring has always equaled purple flowers. For a long time, those were lilacs, but any lilac lover knows it’s a rare lilac bush that grows in Los Angeles. But then, I discovered Jacaranda trees – gorgeous purple Jacaranda trees.

And since my first memories of Jacarandas are the first month in LA three years ago. The streets are filled with purple flowers again, so it’s time to celebrate another year in this grand city.

Photo by jubilo

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16 Replies to “Jacaranda Anniversary”

  1. I grew up with jacarandas so never gave them much thought, though this week some German friends were snapping pics and remarking on how pretty the ones in my neighborhood look. They really are quite nice. Sonmislocuras posted some pics of jacarandas as well.

    If you stomp on the flowers just right, with your toes hitting the end of the flower thus pushing the air towards the stem, you can make them pop. The shit you learn when you are a bored kid.

  2. we use to have one in our yard when I was lil’, but my dad got tired of having to clean up after the trees, and beautiful or not, he chopped it down and dug up the roots. We have a guava tree where the jacaranda use to stand.

  3. Jacaranda trees are lovely. I too love the purple trees as they line the streets of Lakewood. I just thank my lucky stars I don’t have them on my street.

  4. El Chavo – Thanks. Great post.

    Marshall – I never understand why people don’t like parking under trees. I have a convertible, and I can understand being aware when the top is down, but otherwise???

    Brenda – That is so sad. But guava’s are yummy.

    5k – go for it anyway.

    Proto – the purple flowers dropped on the green grass is one of my favorite things about Jacarandas. It’s a total psychedelic eye popping combo – especially at 8am when I am still bleary eyed waking up walking the dog. Those purple trees really make me happy.

    Thanks for everyone’s comments. Here’s a bunch of photos: http://www.flickr.com/search/?w=all&q=jacaranda&m=text

  5. Ah, the Jacarandas. Only discovered their name recently, although I’ve grown up with them all my life. I used to inspect the flowers individually as a kid, delighting in their delicate construction and popping the bulbs with my fingers and seeing milky white nectar ooze out. Fascinations of childhood.

    I remember running over them on the sidewalk while learning how to ride a bike. Afterwards, I would have to peel and pick them off the tread of the training wheels.

    And now, as they beautifully texturize an otherwise bleak and cold concrete jungle, I must say that the nectar they so gleefully spray into our midst is an absolute bitch to get off my car exterior.

  6. I used to have these trees on my street growing up. the reason people dont like parking under the trees is that the flowers pile up on your car and get stuck there, the tree (or flowers maybe) leak some sappy substance all over your car so you have these tiny dots of goo everywhere that are a bitch to clean off. Then the gutters get filled with piles of these flowers and when water is running through the gutter the flowers smell so bad, you walk outside and you can smell the stink. Everyone on my street was petitioning the city to let them cut down there tree but they wouldn’t let them. If the flowers stayed on the tree and leak sap on cars I’d be all for them.

  7. yeah, they’re so pretty! I’m really gonna miss them when I leave LA. It’s one of my favorite colors ever. That pic was crazy, though, at first I thought it was corpses of some weird fishes or something. Forgot they were called Jacaranda, just kept calling them pretty purple trees that smell nice….

  8. I share the love!

    Being from Chicago I had never seen one until I moved here.

    I appreciate each and every one of them, every time I see them. I’m even lucky enough to have a great one right out my window.

    So lovely!

  9. I was looking for jacarandas on the website and found you. We were in Los Angeles in April and were taken back with the beautiful trees in the avenues. I wanted to grow some in my garden and was researching the web to find if they would grow in England. I will always remember Los Angeles and those beautiful trees

  10. I was looking for jacarandas on the website and found you. We were in Los Angeles in April and were taken back with the beautiful trees in the avenues. I wanted to grow some in my garden and was researching the web to find if they would grow in England. I will always remember Los Angeles and those beautiful trees

  11. This seems to be a bad year for these beauties in my neighborhood. I think it’s because there was a hot spell in February and they all got confused! Their leaves appeared in March/April before the blossoms. Ordinarily the trees are bare during the winter and the leaves appear only after the blossoms drop.

    Years ago I worked in a building surrounded by jacarandas. I was amused when I saw someone park their fancy Mercedes convertible under a tree one morning with the top down. When I went outside to go to lunch that day the tree must have PLOMPED because the car was full of purple blossoms…

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