Friday, September 1, 2006
The jacarandas blossom and then throughout the months of May and June, fall like a gentle rain. Native to Central and South America and the W. Indies, the jacaranda (J. mimosifloria) is the official non-native ornamental tree of San Diego.
Before the fern-like green foliage appears in summer, the showy clusters of lilac-blue trumpet-shaped flowers appear on the trees bare grayish-brown branches. As the blossoms fall to the ground, they form a velvety soft blanket, covering San Diego streets , lawns, sidewalks and cars. There’s a saying that if you walk under a jacaranda tree, and a blossom falls on your head, you’ll have good luck!
Great Places to See Jacarandas in Bloom:
Downtown/Ash Street/First Avenue
Golden Hill/25th Street
Serra Mesa/ Mission Village Drive
El Cajon Boulevard
Lemon Grove/Golden Avenue
Casa de Oro
Wild Animal Park
San Diego Treasures Staff:
Videographer: Michael Gerdes
Sound: Roland Lizarondo
Editor: Ron Stein
Music Consultant: Byron La Due
Production Manager: Ena Newell
Producer/Host: Kathi Diamant
Music Selection: From “ Age of Innocence " by Elmer Bernstein
San Diego Treasures offers KPBS viewers a chance to discover one of San Diego’s natural or man-made spaces and places that make our county a special place to live.