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Jacarandas in Johannesburg, South Africa

Updated on November 12, 2012

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Shortly before I left Johannesburg to move to Texas and marry the man who had won my heart, I drove around the suburbs of my hometown, my eyes clicking like a camera as I committed to memory the sights that filled my mind with images of home.

One of the most spectacular sights to behold in these parts are the magnificent gardens that have been cultivated in virtually all the homes thereabouts. The gardens are a botanist’s delight and a suburb dweller’s paradise. Most worthy of note are the Jacaranda trees that have been planted along many avenues, on both sides of the street.

Violet Bougainvillea glows through Purple Jacaranda

Jack Holloway at: http://sequoiagardens.wordpress.com
Jack Holloway at: http://sequoiagardens.wordpress.com | Source

Yours Truly under a Jacaranda

Yours truly before I left home to marry the Texan who won my heart
Yours truly before I left home to marry the Texan who won my heart | Source

God's Paintbrush

I drove along these avenues in the late afternoon one day, the sun beginning to lower in the west, its rays highlighting plants and trees as they beamed down through the foliage. My heart caught as my eye alighted upon a huge Jacaranda tree, interlaced with a brilliant fuschia-almost-violet colored bougainvillea which made its way up and through the canopy of the giant Jacaranda. The slant of the sun’s rays turned the bark of the trunk and gnarled branches an almost fire-orange and the bougainvillea glowed violet amidst the purplish-blue canopy. The shutter of my mind’s eye clicked in rapid exposure and that scene will forever be imprinted in my heart and my brain.

If you have never seen a Jacaranda tree, they range in size from 6.6 to 98 feet tall. The deep green leaves are bipinnate or complex, and each flower has five lobes with purplish-blue petals. I did not know that there are 49 species of Jacaranda tree, but these trees have to be seen to be believed. Pretoria, South Africa’s administrative capital and about a half-hour drive from Johannesburg, is popularly known as the Jacaranda city due to the number of trees that grow there. They are marvelous, majestic, mauve giants that offer shade for creatures and a fanfare of food for busy bees. They line the avenues and their canopies arch overhead and meet in the middle of the road, high up in the air. Not only does it form a spectacular canopy, but when the blossoms drop, it creates a purple carpet below. A friend just reminded me how, when one would drive over the petals, and in those days we kept our car windows open, the petals would make a pop-pop-popping sound and the fragrance of the blossoms would waft up one's nostrils!

Avenues lined with Jacarandas

Jacarandas line the avenue in Zimbabwe
Jacarandas line the avenue in Zimbabwe | Source

A Jacaranda in Corpus Christi, TX?

I have not seen trees like that in this part of Texas, but one day, as I was exiting a hall having attended a ceremony to commemorate a tragic period in history, my gaze fell directly in line with a Jacaranda tree. The shape and size of the canopy and the glowing purplish-blue of the flowers seared my brain. I gasped and my husband's keen gaze followed my line of sight. I exclaimed in disbelief: “A Jacaranda tree!” I had tried to describe these trees to my husband, who had never been to Southern Africa, and there it stood. I was incredibly excited and it showed all over my face and in my voice. My husband ushered me to his truck, opened the door as he always did, closed it after me and immediately drove me around the corner to the front of the house in which garden the tree grew.

He took me to the front door and rang the bell. The homeowner opened the door with a questioning look. My husband told him that his South African wife had just noticed the tree in his back yard and that it reminded me of the trees that grew back home. The man agreed to show us his tree. He led us around to the back of the house and I reveled in the beauty of the Jacaranda. My husband would always tell me how everything in Texas was bigger and better than elsewhere (as all proud Texans know), but seriously, the conditions for the growth of Jacarandas are better in Johannesburg!

The man told us that his Grandma had planted that tree and it was native to Mexico. I could not believe my ears. Subsequently I discovered that indeed, the Jacaranda is native to tropical and subtropical regions of Mexico, Central and South America and the Caribbean. It apparently also grows in Asia, Nepal in particular (who would have thought)… and it was introduced to Australia, New Zealand, India, Fiji and parts of Africa! As a matter of fact, Jacarandas have done quite well in some parts of Florida, Arizona and California. A friend just let me know that they were introduced to Israel fifty years ago and I see that they can be found in Lisbon too. I had been so transported by the memory of these giants from back home, that when I returned to my husband's truck, I walked around to the wrong side to get in!! He was the driver and I, the passenger.

What I didn't know about the Brazilian Jacaranda, is that the wood is used to make the body of acoustic guitars. It has also made its way to China, where its leaves are used to make its distinctive purple dye!

Jacaranda Seed Pods

Jacaranda seed pod split open in late summer.  It has not yet fallen off the tree.
Jacaranda seed pod split open in late summer. It has not yet fallen off the tree. | Source
Jacaranda seed pods from a tree in Israel.
Jacaranda seed pods from a tree in Israel. | Source

Is this a good tree for a pre-school?

When I was studying to be a teacher, I was required to do a project on trees. I needed to collect seed pods as well as to describe the shape and structure of the tree and its leaves and flowers. I would drive around Johannesburg and Pretoria, staring up at the trees and searching for pods. I tried to find as many varieties as possible. The Jacaranda has unique oblong to oval pods which disperse its seeds. You could find me standing atop my car trying to reach for pods to include in my project. I kept that collection of pods for a few years. They were stored in a packet in the corner of my bedroom.

One night, as I slept deeply, probably in the delta phase, I was awakened by what I thought was gunfire in the corner of my room. I shot out of bed to discover that some of the seed pods I had collected a couple of years earlier, had dried enough and split open, shooting their seeds around my room! Once I recovered from the fright, I observed how certain long bean-shaped pods had split and curled, flinging their contents to each corner of my bedroom! I can laugh today, but back then, I am sure I turned as white as a ghost!

During my training, I also learned that a Jacaranda is not a tree of choice for a pre-school garden. Although it is a wonderful climbing tree, it attracts too many bees! When the blossoms drop to the ground, it greatly increases the probability of a tender bare foot being stung quite dramatically!

Queen Elizabeth returns to South Africa

Only the Queen may wear purple!

The last part of the story that I need to tell dates back a few more years. The Union of South Africa was founded as a dominion of the British Empire. It was governed under a form of constitutional monarchy, with the British monarch represented by a governor-general. The Union ended when the 1961 constitution was enacted. On May 31, 1961, South Africa became a republic and left the Commonwealth in the face of condemnation of its apartheid policies.

Queen Elizabeth of England paid a visit to South Africa in 1995, forty-eight years after her first visit as a Princess. She visited not as Head of State, but as Head of the Commonwealth. I recall that her visit took place during Jacaranda season and as some of you may know, dear readers, only the Queen is allowed to wear purple. The front page of The Star newspaper proudly publicized a photo of the Queen’s visit during the blooming of the Jacaranda trees, in black and white, so that the Queen, wearing purplish-blue, would not be upstaged by the crowning glory of these beautiful trees!


Purple overhead and underfoot

Pretoria - Jacaranda City
Pretoria - Jacaranda City

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      Suelynn 18 months ago from Manitoba, Canada

      Thanks for the comment, Nell. :D When these trees are planted along the avenues, the end result is truly spectacular. Apparently it is a native of South America and it does suck up a lot of water from the water table... that's pretty much the only drawback I can think of. Oh, yes, when the blossoms drop to the ground, creating a purple carpet, they do attract bees, so don't walk around barefoot. :)

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      Nell Rose 18 months ago from England

      What a beautiful tree! I don't think we have them over here in England, but I will have to go and check! wonderful!

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      Suelynn 4 years ago from Manitoba, Canada

      Hi, celeste inscribed: Memories are powerful things and none more so than the memory of how something smells. :) I am sure your Mother treasured those seed pod jewelry efforts because they were made with love! :) I am so glad you shared your memories with me. Thank YOU. :D

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      Celeste Wilson 4 years ago

      Oh gosh SueLynn, this took me back to when I was a little girl growing up in the streets of Pretoria. I can almost smell the flowers. I always tried to make jewelry with the seed pods, which my poor Mother would wear. :0) I am also in the US now, thank you for the memories.

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      Suelynn 4 years ago from Manitoba, Canada

      Hi HendrikDB: I have absolutely NO doubt about that! In my humble opinion, the Jacarandas are the crowning glory of the city. :) It's quite hard to upstage nature. Thanks for sharing your comment.

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      HendrikDB 4 years ago

      I lived for 22 years in Pretoria and worked in the CBD - the annual sight of Jacarandas in full bloom is the one I missed most.

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      Suelynn 4 years ago from Manitoba, Canada

      Hi Caylie... I did read your story and it's charming. :)

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      Caylie 4 years ago

      Hi there, I thought you might like to read my story and article about the White Christmas Jacaranda. I hope you enjoy it!

      http://cayliejeffery.blogspot.com.au/

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      Suelynn 4 years ago from Manitoba, Canada

      Hi Arun Kanti: Thank you so much for visiting the hub and enjoying it. I miss those trees (and South Africa) a great deal! I wish you also, and your family, a wonderful 2013. :)

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      ARUN KANTI CHATTERJEE 4 years ago from KOLKATA

      Thank you for this wonderful hub on the beautiful tree. So are your pics. Meanwhile wish you and your family a very happy new year and more laurels.

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      Suelynn 4 years ago from Manitoba, Canada

      Hi imogen: I am so glad you stumbled across my post! :) I have not heard of white Jacaranda trees! What a blessing to give you a whole neighborhood filled with Jacarandas to live in. I am not quite sure where the Moot area is. What an interesting thought... Jacaranda-scented perfume. :) Thank you so much for posting.

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      imogen 4 years ago

      Hi,I was actually looking for the street in Johannesburg that has the white Jackaranda's. So I stumbled on your post. Couple of years ago I needed a new place to stay urgently. I asked God for 3specif things, then I added tongue in the cheek: 'and I want a Jacckaranda tree in front of my window?' Guess what? I got al 4 spesific things and discovered God has a sense of humor! He gave me a whole neighbourhood full of Jackaranda trees! Oh, what a blessing. Yearly I wait in anticipation for the 1st signs of flowers.I live in the Moot-area. Always dreamt of being a "Jackaranda-bride"-alas, that has not happened yet. What baffles me is that no one has tried to make perfume of the flowers! ?I realise you need tons! But if France can have Lavender perfume, why can Pretoria not have Jackaranda perfume (just a thought)

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      Suelynn 5 years ago from Manitoba, Canada

      Thanks so much, Iguidenetwork. They are spectacular. Sure do appreciate your vote! :)

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      iguidenetwork 5 years ago from Austin, TX

      I like this tree... I wish we have these at home. The colors look really vivid, surreal and enticing. I'll vote this one! :)

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      Suelynn 5 years ago from Manitoba, Canada

      Hi vibesites: I love your comments and thank you for the feedback and votes. They are both greatly appreciated. When you see these trees planted along an avenue on both sides, it is really an awe-inspiring site when they blossom. I took many photos in my mind's eye when I drove around at that time of year. :)

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      vibesites 5 years ago from United States

      My favorite tree! Though I have yet to see personally. Never mind if it's messy, let nature work its beautiful ways. I like it when the purple flowers fall to the ground. We used to have a tree (I think it's type of an acacia tree) which bloomed with fiery-red-orange flowers. I wish we could have jacaranda here, it could've been a great addition. I'll vote this up! Great hub! :D

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      Suelynn 5 years ago from Manitoba, Canada

      Hi idigwebsites - nice to "meet" you. :) The Jacaranda is a splendid tree and truly a visual delight, as you said. They grow very large and are incredibly showy when it blooms. GREAT color. Thanks so much for your lovely feedback. :)

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      idigwebsites 5 years ago from United States

      the trees is great visual delight. i wish I have those in the yard, it's really headturning speacially its color. great hub!

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      Suelynn 5 years ago from Manitoba, Canada

      Hi Patsybell: The trees are a sight to behold, THAT'S fer sure! I am so glad you were inspired by my hub and thank you for saying. I hope you get to see Jacarandas too! I appreciate your kind comments and votes. Thanks so much for pinning. :)))

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      Patsy Bell Hobson 5 years ago from zone 6a, SEMO

      I've never seen a lve Jacaranda. But you hub is inspiring. Some day I hope to see one. Vited up and useful and pinned.

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      Suelynn 5 years ago from Manitoba, Canada

      Hi SGBrown! Woohooo... another Jacaranda fan! It seems that the trees are quite prolific in various parts of the world... why not Oklahoma? They do need a lot of water I believe... I have always heard that royalty wears purple because back in the day, they dyes were hard to come by and only royalty could afford it. :) Thanks so much for your lovely comments and your votes. All are greatly appreciated. :)

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      Sheila Brown 5 years ago from Southern Oklahoma

      Ok, I am definitely looking for a Jacaranda tree asap! If they will grow there in Corpus Christy, they may grow here in Oklahoma. What a beautiful tree!!! I like the part about the seed pods bursting and scaring the heck out of you, funny now, but scary then, I'm sure! Wonderful hub! Don't laugh, but is it true that only the Queen can wear purple? I have never heard that before. Voted this up and more!

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      Suelynn 5 years ago from Manitoba, Canada

      Dear Annie: What beautiful comments! Thank you for the information of the Jacaranda in Oz. Being from South Africa, the transition to Australia is less difficult than to America - partly because it's in the same hemisphere. My brother lives in Melbourne and I was fortunate enough to visit in 2007. I would LOVE to see more of Oz. Love the Christmas song. Thank you so much for your comments, your votes and your good wishes - they are heart-felt. xx

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      Annie Fenn 5 years ago from Australia

      Thank you for explaining so much about this amazingly beautiful tree and your strong attachment to the Jacaranda. Your discovery of a Jacaranda Tree in Texas is very special and so sweet of your husband to take you to the home of where it was growing so you could see it up close. The colour combination of Bougainvillia and Jacaranda is just beautiful.

      I love Jacarandas and can proudly say we have two on our property, though only about 5/6 feet high thus far we are anticipating their first flowering.

      Though not native to Australia, the Jacaranda is very popular here and in fact the city of Grafton, on our Eastern Coast holds a Jacaranda festival in October every year. We even have a Christmas song where the Jacaranda Tree features - its chorus goes

      "Christmas where the gum trees grow

      There is no frost and there is no snow

      Christmas in Australia's hot

      Cold and frosty is what its not

      When the bloom of the Jackaranda tree is here

      Christmas time is near"

      Thank you for this lovely hub, Suelynn, my votes and best wishes to you from Annie.

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      Suelynn 5 years ago from Manitoba, Canada

      Hi Sunshine625: Playing is good! Nothing to be ashamed about in my book. The two kittens, Smudge and Calico Katie, have reminded me about the importance of play. They have been delighting me. I'm so glad you "connected" so well with the majestic, mauve Jacarandas! :)))

      Thanks so much for your kind words.

      Hi fellow South-African MartieCoetser: I'm so glad you stopped by to read the hub. I miss those trees greatly. They add so much splendor to the landscape and certainly uplifted the suburbs with their beauty. Isn't that a darling story about the Queen? If you watch that video, you will see how she played about on board the ship... running and darting between the sailors and giggling like a schoolgirl (which she just about was!) They say Queen Elizabeth has a wicked sense of humor and I like that - she is a complete diplomat but I think one can often see the twinkle in her eye. I'm sure you look awesome in all colors of purple. Thanks so much for your votes and kind comments. :)

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      Martie Coetser 5 years ago from South Africa

      Hi Suelynn, what an interesting hub from a co-South-African about our beautiful Jacarandas.

      I never knew that only the Queen is allowed to wear purple. I love wearing purple of all tints :)

      Voted up and awesome!

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      Linda Bilyeu 5 years ago from Orlando, FL

      I'm ashamed to say, but when I was a Farmville addict way back when...this tree on my farm was what I wanted most! It sounds silly now, but I finally got about ten of them and then I stopped playing. The challenge was over. Lovely hub! :))

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      Suelynn 5 years ago from Manitoba, Canada

      Hi Debbie: I just left a comment on Muffin's hub page... the children's hospital in Corpus Christi is outstanding! I am so glad they saved your granddaughter's life! These Jacarandas are plentiful in Johannesburg, South Africa (my home town), but I did see one here in Corpus Christi. I was so pleasantly surprised. Thanks so much for your kind words, Debbie. Blessings and hugs to you, too.

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      Deborah Brooks Langford 5 years ago from Brownsville,TX

      this is amazing trees.. and they are in Corpus Christi,? I drive right by there every time I go to Brownsville. and I even stopped a few times. my granddaughter goes to that children's hospital a lot. they saved her life. I love your hub. blessings and hugs

      Debbie

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      Suelynn 5 years ago from Manitoba, Canada

      Hi Vinaya Ghimire: Thank you so much for saying. The grandeur of these gorgeous trees is impressive indeed. Do you have any near where you live? I appreciate your comments and feedback, Vinaya. :)

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      Vinaya Ghimire 5 years ago from Nepal

      Jacarandas are lovely in your pictures. You have rightly mentioned that these flower trees are also found in Nepal.

      Thanks for this comprehensive hub about jacarandas.

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      Suelynn 5 years ago from Manitoba, Canada

      Hi Sally's Trove: I couldn't agree more about Queen Elizabeth! Wasn't that youtube fabulous? What a blast from the past. Thank you so much for your comments and your votes... they are greatly appreciated. :)

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      Sherri 5 years ago from Southeastern Pennsylvania

      A beautiful and haunting story with gorgeous pictures. I'm so glad you can find this special tree in your new home.

      The Queen in South Africa video is well worth the view (I'll be watching the rest in the series later today). Elizabeth never fails to fascinate me for her grace, poise, words, and yes, hats. Voted up and other good things. :)

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      Suelynn 5 years ago from Manitoba, Canada

      BeyondMax: Thank you for your kind comments! I know that Jacarandas drink a great deal of water and somehow, conditions in South Africa allow them to really flourish. I can just picture you sprinkled with mauve Jacaranda blossoms... lovely mental image. :)

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      BeyondMax 5 years ago from Sydney, Australia

      What a beautiful, captivating story! Amazing pictures, absolutely breathtaking! I have a Jacaranda tree across the street but it's way smaller than yours over there! I like to stand under it and shake it when flowers start their wilting process and then I get covered by purple rain LOL

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      Suelynn 5 years ago from Manitoba, Canada

      Hi Wesley Meacham - thank you so much for saying - I am in Johannesburg now and the Jacarandas are green and leafy - they are majestic trees. I hope you get to visit South Africa some day - there is so much to see. thank you so much for your votes. :)

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      Wesley Meacham 5 years ago from Wuhan, China

      Wow, those trees are awesome. I'd love to go to South Africa some day. Voting up and stuff.

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      Suelynn 5 years ago from Manitoba, Canada

      Unknown spy: I sure hope you do, they are a sight to behold. :)

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      IAmForbidden 5 years ago from Neverland - where children never grow up.

      WOOWWWWW!!! Those are ahhmazing!!!! I wished I could see one someday!

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      Suelynn 5 years ago from Manitoba, Canada

      Hi Nell.... lovely to see you again! :) Glad to share the beauty with you and happy you enjoyed it. Thank you, greatly appreciate your vote! :)

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      Nell Rose 5 years ago from England

      These are absolutely gorgeous! the seed pods were fascinating, and the color of the trees where amazing, I can see why you loved them so much, voted up!

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      Suelynn 5 years ago from Manitoba, Canada

      Hi Clevercat... lovely to meet you and thank you for your lovely comments and votes. Much appreciated. :) I'm so glad you like the seed pods.... aren't they interesting? These trees are truly magnificent, wish I could take all my friends to see them in person!!

      I love cats, by the way. :)

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      Rachel Vega 5 years ago from Massachusetts

      Oh my gosh, are those gorgeous or what? My favorite pictures were of the seed pods and I loved learning about these fabulous trees. Voted beautiful and up!

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      Suelynn 5 years ago from Manitoba, Canada

      Hi Movie Master,

      I'm so grateful that you enjoyed the tree, the photos and my writing. I appreciate your votes and I am blessed to be here amongst all of you. You made my day! Thank you. :)

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      Movie Master 5 years ago from United Kingdom

      Thank you Sue, for this wonderful hub on this beautiful tree, the photos are stunning and I love your style of writing, voting up/beautiful.

      Welcome to hubpages!

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      Suelynn 5 years ago from Manitoba, Canada

      Thank you so much, Happyboomernurse! I so appreciate your feedback! I have never made it to visit Zimbabwe and sadly, I think it is much changed since the last decade or so. LOL about the pod.... I must have jumped vertically about three feet from a deep sleep! Thank you so much for the votes - greatly appreciated. I look forward to reading your hubs asap! :)

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      Gail Sobotkin 5 years ago from South Carolina

      Welcome to HubPages Suelynn,

      I loved this hub about the Jacaranda trees and the interesting personal stories that you told about them.

      I had no idea that Zimbabwe had such beautiful avenues!

      I also had no idea a pod could explode.

      Voted up across the board except for funny.

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      Suelynn 5 years ago from Manitoba, Canada

      Suhail and your dog: :)

      Thank you so much for your kind comments and I'm flattered that this is your second read about trees. The book about Ontario's ancient eastern white cedars sounds fascinating! I appreciate your interest and feedback. :)

      Aviannovice, thank you so much for the interesting and awesome vote!! Very grateful for that. I need to catch up on my reading as I have spent quite a bit of time on writing. I had half completed another new article and my computer went and rebooted and it wasn't saved! Sigh! Isn't that information about the Queen interesting? The youtube video I posted was fabulous. It showed Queen Elizabeth on her previous trip, when she was a Princess, darting between the sailors on deck. Who woulda thought? It was lovely! Good to see you, aviannovice!

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      Deb Hirt 5 years ago from Stillwater, OK

      Voted awesome and interesting. What a great story, including the fact that the Queen of England is the only one allowed to wear purple.

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      Suhail Zubaid aka Clark Kent 5 years ago from Mississauga, ON

      Awesome hub! The interesting way you wrote it, it made it only my second read about any particular tree. The first was a book on Ontario's ancient eastern white cedars.

      Thank you for sharing about your past and about this species of tree.

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      Suelynn 5 years ago from Manitoba, Canada

      Hi bearnmom - I wish I could take all my friends to sightsee in South Africa. It is a marvellous country with incredible diversity in every aspect. The intertwining of bougainvillea and jacaranda is a sight to behold, and as a bougainvillea lover, I am sure you know how many different vibrant colors this plant has! Thank you for reading and thank you for your kind comments, they are much appreciated.

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      Laura L Scotty 5 years ago from Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania

      What a wonderful description of a tree I'm sure I would love to see. I love bougainvillea and this tree sound like it lends it's beauty to the plant you described. Good job, Suelynn. Thank you for sharing.

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      Suelynn 5 years ago from Manitoba, Canada

      Isn't it just, cloverleaffarm? Thanks for enjoying and I appreciate the vote up. :)

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      Healing Herbalist 5 years ago from The Hamlet of Effingham

      Wow, that is one beautiful tree. Thanks for sharing all the information. Vote up+

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      Suelynn 5 years ago from Manitoba, Canada

      Hi Claudia

      I am so glad you shared that with me, I am looking forward to seeing your beautiful pictures and reading your hub. I understand the joy that fills your heart totally and thank you for connecting. It's good to meet you.

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      Suelynn 5 years ago from Manitoba, Canada

      Cheryl Townsend, what a treat to see you here and thank you for taking the time to read. I couldn't agree more with your sentiment! The Jacaranda is a tree among trees! Thank you for commenting. :)

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      Claudia Tello 5 years ago from Mexico

      Hi Suelynn,

      We also have Jacarandas in Mexico and they just make my spring happy, their beautiful colored flowers fill my heart with joy every time I see them. I´ll be publishing a Hub with pictures I´ve taken later on, they really are something to write about.

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      Cheryl Townsend 5 years ago

      Susan what an incredible talent you are loved the article...The tree is breath-taking, it is nature at nature's best.. Enjoyed the read so much. Thank you,dear!

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      Suelynn 5 years ago from Manitoba, Canada

      Mark, you're wonderful... I had NO doubt that you would have "jacaranda" in your court reporting dictionary - you are, after all, the Guinness World Record holder in your field and you leave nothing out!!! BRAVO! Thank you for your wonderful vote of confidence.

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      MarkKislingbury7 5 years ago

      Excellent article! I always learn many things when I read your articles, Sue-Lynn! (turns out I do have "jacaranda" in my court reporting dictionary!)