Jacaranda trees, with their amazing lots of beautiful purple-blue flowers, are a wonderful sight at this time every year.
Leader photographer Chris Lane compiled a gallery of photos he has taken over the past few weeks in Hogben Park, Kogarah, around the Como Hotel and in the city.
Trees begin to bloom in mid-October each year, and the top occurs in mid-November before the color gradually fades.
The Jacarandas in Hogben Park, which have delighted the residents for many years, are believed to be remnants of a residential property (ca. 1930-40s), which the municipality has added over the years to preserve the avenue as part of the park.
Earlier this month was Leader told the story of the residents’ struggle to save the Jacarandas in Como.
Opponents of a council proposal to remove the trees included Sister Irene Haxton, who gave a jacaranda seed to the mother of each baby born at her Jacaranda Private Hospital in Woolooware, leading to a spread in the shire.
Jacarandas (Jacaranda mimosifolia) is native to parts of Central and South America.
They have been growing in Australia for more than 150 years. It is believed that seeds were brought to Sydney on visiting ships.