Monday, March 27, 2017

Jacarandas!

From the end of February until the end of March Mexico City comes to life with the bloom of countless jacaranda trees. I think it's one of the more characteristic aspects of the city. But why these beautiful jacaranda trees right here? Well, first, there was a Japanese gardener (Tatsugoro Matsumoto) who arrived to Mexico via Peru by the end of the 19th century. He brought with himself jacaranda trees from... Manaus, Brazil. These trees adapted nicely to Mexico City's climate.

In 1912, Japan gifted Washington with 3,000 cherry trees. And this precedent created a certain desire to have something similar here. The Matsumoto family, who had achieved some fame, advised the government against having the cherry trees, as they'd be ill-fit for the climate, and suggested jacaranda trees instead. And there you have it!

Of course, this story is overly simplified, and there are competing theories. But what we can't deny is that Mexico City has already enjoyed some 100 years of its streets ending up covered in purple come spring. Gorgeous.


Colonia Juárez

Ángel de la Independencia

Alameda Central

near Panteón de San Fernando

near Panteón de San Fernando

Colonia Juárez

by Monumento a la Revolución

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