These flowering trees grow in many regions of Australia. Sydney’s beautiful jacaranda bewitches tourists and locals alike from mid-October through November. Historically, they were planted for decoration around the harbour suburbs. Jacarandas are so beloved that when an 88-year old tree that had been growing in the main square of Sydney’s University collapsed, everybody was mourning the loss. The dead tree was then replaced with its genetically identical clone. Many students even live by the folklore that those who don't start studying by the time the first blooms appear on the tree will fail their exams.
Some say Sydney and jacarandas are synonymous. In spring, blossoms cover the trees and carpet the ground. You can find jacarandas at Vaucluse House and while strolling through Cremorne, Lavender Bay, Camperdown or Mosman. Retail therapy on Oxford Street, Paddington can easily be combined with jacaranda spotting.