Jacarandas Signal Spring in Los Angeles
Purple Blooms Greet Our Private Tour
There are entire streets throughout Los Angeles lined with imported Jacarandas that turn completely purple for a couple of weeks every year in the spring. The blooms fall quickly to the ground creating a squishy purple carpet beneath the colorful bower overhead. Purple lovers find themselves holding their breath as we find these streets in Beverly Hills, Hollywood, Santa Monica and Pasadena along our usual private Los Angeles tour routes. To residents, however, the sticky flowers are a menace that can damage automobile wax and paint and require additional washings at a time when water conservation is on everyone’s mind. That is the dark side of the beauty of these plants and the purple patchwork they make of the city’s tree cover.