CITY OF JACARANDA TREES
Jacaranda has 49 species of flowering plants which belongs to the family Bignoniaceae. The Blue Jacaranda is a tree which is 5 to 15 metres tall. The bark is greyish-brown in colour and rough. The bark is only smooth when the tree is still young. The twigs are thin and turn to be ziz-zag in shape and they are reddish-brown in colour. The flowers of the Blue Jacaranda are 5 centimetres long, grouped in 30 centimetre panicles. It flowers in spring and early summer and the flowers last for two months. The seeds are found in the woody pods and they are 5 centimetres in diameter. The woody pods contain numerous winged seeds inside. The leaves are 45 centimetres long and compound. The leaflets are up to 1 centimetre long .
The Blue Jacaranda likes to grow in a place where there is no risk of frost and they can tolerate the temperature of -7ºC. The Blue jacaranda is regarded as a naturalised species in Miami-Dade country, Florida and Hawaii while in South Africa, Queensland and Australia is referred as invasive. The Blue Jacaranda prevent grow of native species by consuming a lot of water .
A company in South Africa has won a World Bank award for manufacturing eco-friendly coffins using wood from invasive non-native plants . This is one of the reasons why the jacaranda tree was planted in South Africa. So some people may want to plant more plants so that they can make profit from the tree or maybe this can reduce the number of trees.
The government listed the jacaranda as an invasive species, which means the trees which already exist must be kept but no more planting of the jacaranda tree. So people did not agree with the government, they wanted to replace the dead trees . The jacaranda trees are beautiful especially during flowering time (spring).
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