Do you know why there are so many Jacaranda trees in San Diego? A century ago, horticulturist Kate Sessions, the Mother of Balboa Park, planted hundreds of these colorful trees in the heart of our city. They are native to South America.
Twice a year–in Spring and Autumn–the striking lilac-blue blooms appear along city streets, adding their unique hue to sunny San Diego. Of course, they’re very messy trees, and you don’t want to park under them when the sticky flowers are dropping!
In 2000, Jacaranda mimosifolia was designated the official non-native tree of San Diego.
I walked from Cortez Hill to Little Italy this morning, and these photos represent a little of what I saw!