Jaquaranda Tree

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Jacaranda is a genus of 49 species of flowering plants in the family Bignoniaceae, native to tropical and subtropical regions of South (specifically Brazil) and Central America, Mexico, and the Caribbean.  They are popular trees in Australia and South and Central areas of the United States.

– These plats can grow to be between 6 feet and 98 feet tall.

– They often produce blue or purple flowers (they rarely but occasionally produce white).

–  The tree is mostly used as ornamental display due to its intense flowers.

–  Pretoria in South Africa is known as Jacaranda City.

–  In some cities the plant has various assimilates to final exams at universities due the their blooms falling around exam time.  In Pretoria legend has it that if a bloom falls on you, you will pass all of your exams.  If a bloom falls on you at University of Queensland the legend is that you will fail an exam – but if you catch another bloom before it falls to the ground you can reverse the curse.

–  Their fragrance is a herald of summer.

Go Among Trees and Sit Still

I go among trees and sit still.
All my stirring becomes quiet
Around me like circles on water.
My tasks lie in their places
Where I left them, asleep like cattle…

Then what I am afraid of comes.
I live for a while in its sight.
What I fear in it leaves it,
And the fear of it leaves me.
It sings, and I hear its song.

By Wendell Berry from Sabbaths, 1987, North Point Press


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