Adelaide sees best jacaranda flowering season in 10 years

Adelaide sees best jacaranda flowering season in 10 years

The city of Adelaide in South Australia has been painted in a sea of purple, with what gardening experts call the best flowering season for jacarandas in a decade.

Mr Malcolm Campbell, a gardening columnist in the city, told The Australian that jacarandas usually flower for about two weeks during this time of the year.

But due to a drier-than-usual spring, the blooms are expected to last longer this year, up to more than a month.

"Everywhere, you can't help but see it. Even people not interested in trees have noticed," said Mr Campbell.

Jacarandas are native to tropical and sub-tropical areas in Central and South America, but were planted in large numbers in Adelaide in the 1920s and 30s.

Around the world, jacaranda blooms are a tourist attraction to nature enthusiasts.

In October, hundreds of Japanese tourists flocked to South Africa to catch the blooms.

Mr Nobuki Mizuno, who was touring South Africa with his wife, told Reuters: "In Japan, we have cherry blossoms, but in South Africa, it's jacarandas.

"There's nothing in Japan with that same vivid purple colour."

FLORAL FOOTPATHS

The flowers provide a canopy of purple over cities like Pretoria and Johannesburg in South Africa. When they fall, they carpet the roads and footpaths in a sea of purple.

South African tour guide Erica Buekes told Reuters she was originally puzzled by the deep interest in jacarandas.

"I used to think jacarandas were a pain because they dirty your windscreen," she said. "You learn to appreciate the beauty in things."

Tourists are also flocking to parts of China to see colourful plants in bloom, reported Xinhua.

A 1,500-year-old ginkgo tree in Maobatang Village in Hubei province leaves the ground beneath it covered in a bed of golden leaves.

The 30m-tall tree is surrounded by nine smaller and younger trees, which all add to the glitter on the ground.


This article was first published on December 2, 2014.
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