Thursday, May 08, 2008

purple trees


driving down del mar blvd the other day we noticed the abundance of these purple leafed jacaranda trees (thanks to the comment section i now know the official name). not only do they decorate the treetops but they are also currently deposting a purple carpet on the sidewalks along del mar.

5 comments:

Mama2hre said...

They look like Paulownia trees. We have one in our front yard here in PA. They are beautiful this time of year and form HUGE leaves during the summer. We had ours trimmed a few year ago and the arborist was excited, aparently they are very rare. We also learned that the trunks and limbs are hollow. Not due to disease, but they naturally have a "tube" running up the trunk and through the branches. Hope this helps a bit.

KLR said...

It is a Jacaranda tree. There are many around the los angeles area :)

Petrea said...

klr is correct, it's a Jacaranda. I have a sensitive smeller, and the Jacaranda is a disappointment. Despite its great beauty, it has a subtle, unpleasant smell (to some of us).

Ben Wideman said...

Thanks for the info all of you! Del Mar is just packed right now. It's almost like purple clouds lining the street. this image doesn't really do it justice.

antjas said...

My daughter was born on May 5 many years ago at Huntington hospital. As we were driving home to Arcadia from the hospital we drove past those same Jacaranda trees. So every year on her birthday, I reminder her that she was born when the jacaranda and the agapanthus (beautiful purple flower) were in bloom. We live in Boston now where the jacaranda do not grow. So thanks so much for the pleasant memory!