the jacaranda


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Saturday 18th October to Sunday 2nd November


Jacaranda Avenue in Pound Street

Photo: John Warrell

Photo: John Warrell

Avenue of trees in Turf Street.

Photo: John Warrell

The Jacaranda (sp Jacaranda Mimosifolia), is of South American origin, principally Brazil. It grows well in sub-tropical regions and may attain a height of twenty metres.

On 2nd July 1879, Mr H. A. Volkers, a Grafton seed merchant, was contracted to plant trees for the Grafton Council. During the 1880's he was instrumental in supplying and planting hundreds of Jacaranda trees in the streets of Grafton.

Jacaranda trees now have flowers in maroon and white as well as the popular blue-mauve. Life expectation may be up to 200 years if in private care and the timber is a creamy to rich yellow pinkish colour and may be used for ornamental woodwork.

You can download a map of Grafton showing the best streets to see the Jacarandas (see below).

Check out all the photo highlights from that special time every year when the Jacarandas are in their full glory here.

Jacaranda Tree Street Map of Grafton

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Grafton is a 'city of trees' with many varieties of street trees including tropical, sub-tropical, native and introduced species.

Clarence River Tourism has produced the  "Street Trees of Grafton" book that lists over 73 different trees, including the Jacaranda.

The booklet is available for sale at $10.90 from Clarence River Tourism.




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