This tree was so big I found it impossible to photograph the whole canopy.

This tree was so big I found it impossible to photograph the whole canopy.

I was fortunate to be invited to see another old Jacaranda, also in Dulwich Hill.  This one is thought to be 120-years-old as it was planted when the house was built.    It was a stunningly beautiful feature in the garden adding a softness that only Jacarandas can provide.  The leaves always remind me of lace & the lime green leaves coupled with blue sky is gorgeous.

This tree is different from the 130-year-old Jacaranda I visited last month in that it is not as large, nor in as good condition, but this in no way detracts from the loveliness of this tree.  See –  

This Jacaranda is a survivor having been severely tampered with by a neighbour many years ago.  Some of the roots were severed & all branches that grew over the fence were removed so its shape has been compromised.   The owners were worried whether the tree would make it, but many years after the incident, it is doing well.

The tree’s branches rise upwards & outwards spreading over the garden.  The owner said they find it incredible that the branches stop around 1.5-metres from the house & this has never changed over the decades that they have lived in this house. It is like there is a demarcation mark that the tree will not cross.  Wouldn’t it be great if you could tell trees not to grow branches over the fence when they were being planted?  This would solve so many problems with neighbours.

This is another house that was purchased because of the tree in the back garden.  Sure, they liked the house, but once they saw the tree, that was it.  The decision to buy was made.

Real Estate 101:  Houses with Jacarandas generally get put on the market when in flower.  Apparently when they came to inspect the house the garden looked a dream with the lawn covered in purple flowers, the tree awash with purple & blue sky completing the picture. Who wouldn’t be attracted to such a sight?

Their lawn was in great condition despite growing under a large canopy.  The garden was filled with all sorts of plants from tropical to herbs & all were doing well.  These things are important if you think that the shade from a big tree will make your garden a boggy mess with patchy grass.  This hasn’t happened with the two large Jacarandas I have seen lately.  Even growing a vegetable garden under one was successful.

Jacarandas are not native to Australia hailing from Central & South America, Cuba & the Bahamas.  They do not provide food for birds.  However, this tree is often filled with native birds ranging from Cockatoos, Currawongs, Noisy Mynas, Turtle Doves, little Blue Wrens & others.  Apparently this is the tree that they come to for some springtime loving & it gets quite noisy at times.  Must be bird laughter.  I wonder also whether insects on the branches & in the canopy are providing a food source.

You would need a fairly large garden if you wanted to plant a Jacaranda & allow it to grow to its full potential.  I find it wonderful that they are so long-lived.  They would make a great memorial tree in a park because they could grow to their full size & because live up to around 200-years if cared for properly.

If you know of a very old private tree in Marrickville municipality, I’d be grateful if you would let me know about it & if you are the owner, allow me to come & see it.

Big beautiful trunk

Big beautiful trunk

Looking upwards through twisting branches

Looking upwards through twisting branches

Off to the side.  This is a big tree.

Off to the side. This is a big tree.

Looking upwards form the trunk.  It has been pruned to grow this way.

Looking upwards form the trunk. It has been pruned to grow this way.