Wednesday, June 5, 2013

Purple Tunnel

This time of year in SoCal, the Jacaranda trees are blooming all over. They're so pretty. But they are super messy! You don't want one where the sticky flowers will get tracked on shoes into the house. As street trees, they're great.  This photo was taken in South Pasadena.

Native to Central and South America, Jacaranda mimosifolia(means leaves like a Mimosa) has an unusual way with it's leaves. It keeps those ferny leaves through the winter. It drops them in Spring to be replaced by purple flowers in late Spring/early Summer followed again by leaves. Trees will grow up to 50'. And that's why they make a pretty street tunnel.

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