Purple bloom in time for summer

2015-11-18 06:00
PHOTO: nqobile mtolo Jacaranda trees along Burger Street.

PHOTO: nqobile mtolo Jacaranda trees along Burger Street.

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IN the spring and summer seasons, Pietermaritzburg streets transform into a bed of purple flowers from Jacarandas. Facts you did not know about Jacarandas:

• Jacarandas are native to Central­ and South America as well as some of the islands in that region, and can now be found in many tropical areas around the world.

• Jacaranda is said to mean “fragrant­” in a native South American dialect and have blue to purple or white coloured flowers, depending on the species.

• Depending on the species, Jacarandas­ can grow up to 20 to 30 metres in height.

• Jacaranda mimosifolia are popular­ trees used in landscaping and line streets in a number of towns and cities around the world.

• Jacarandas have leaves that are used by the Chinese to make purple dye and the timber of some species is used in woodwork.

- tenrandomfacts.com

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